Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England as the anniversary of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605, the day that King James I was to open Parliament. Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar beneath the House of Lords with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder. Ultimately many other conspirators were chased, killed, arrested, imprisoned or executed.

The date is traditionally celebrated with bonfires, fireworks, and the burning of cloth effigies or “guys.”

  • Guy Fawkes Day — The basic facts from InfoPlease
  • Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night — A site by Sonja Hyde devoted to Guy Fawkes Day, its history and celebration.
  • The Gunpowder-Plot of 1605 — The full transcription of the trial of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot, from the Complete Collection of State-Trials, London, 1776
  • The Gunpowder Plot — Britannia presents a lengthy article on the Gunpowder Plot by David Nash Ford
  • The Gunpowder Plot Society — “This web site covers everything from the history of the period, the various facts and theories, profiles on the conspirators and other key characters, comprehensive genealogical database, sites of historical importance, and an extensive downloadable archive of source material, manuscript and document translations, correspondence, and legal transcriptions (including confessions).”
  • Guy Fawkes Day — Some Victorian illustrations from Malcolm Warrington’s Victorian Scrapalbum.
  • Bonfire Night Recipes — Including Treason Toffee and Houses of Parliament Soup