What is the Gunpowder Plot?

What is The Gunpowder Plot?

The Gunpowder Plot was a failed attempt to blog to King James 1 of England and Parliament on the 5th November 1605.

A group of people, led by Robert Catesby, who wanted to end the bad treatment of Catholics by the Protestant King, rented a cellar below the Houses of Parliament and filled it with barrels of gunpowder. They planned to use the gunpowder to blow up the Houses of Parliament on the 5th November when an important ceremony was due to happen.

On the night of the 4th November, a man called Guy Fawkes was found in the cellar of the Houses of Parliament along with 36 barrels of gunpowder and was arrested and the plot foiled.

In 1606 Parliament decided that 5th November would be a public day of thanks and celebration, we now call this celebration Bonfire Night.

 The Gunpowder Plot Timeline

13th April 1570 – Guy Fawkes was born in York

24th March 1603 – King James 1 was crowned

20th May 1604 – Guy Fawkes met with 12 other people who opposed the King for the first time

March 1605 – 13 people including Guy Fawkes rented a space underneath the House of Lords and began to fill it with barrels of gunpowder

26th October 1605 – Lords received letters warning them that something bad was going to happen on the 5th November

1st November 1605 – The letters revived by the Lords were shown to the King

5th November 1605 – Guy Fawkes was arrested in the rented space below the Houses of Parliament

31st January 1606 – Guy Fawkes was executed

We’ve put this timeline into a handy pdf so you can print it out and display it in your classroom.

Top 5 Gunpowder Plot Facts To Quiz Your Class

  1. 36 barrels of gunpowder were loaded into the cellar of the Houses of Parliament, 25 times more than was needed to blow it up
  2. Guy Fawkes was placed in charge of lighting the gunpowder fuses because he had experience as a soldier
  3. Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and the rest of the group would meet in a pub called the Duck and Drake to discuss the plot
  4. All the people involved in the Gunpowder Plot were killed in January 1606
  5. Life size models are placed on bonfires on the 5th These models are called “Guys” after Guy Fawkes

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