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The Bonfire Plot – Part 4

The Bonfire Plot – Part 4

"Hanged, Drawn and Quartered..." Only eight of the original Plot survived. On a cold Monday, January 27, 1606, all the prisoners were brought from the Tower of London through Traitors Gate and onto a barge to go up-river to Westminster. John Winter was only 19, hardly...

The Bonfire Plot – Smoking out the Jesuits

Part 3: The True Mission of the Plot? Father John Gerard had already escaped by rope from the Tower once and, due to his relationship to the Gunpowder plot, saw himself heading there again. Father Gerard was at Harrowden where he was Chaplain. He was there on November...

The Bonfire Plot: Part 1

"We must blow up the King and his Parliament..." In 1604 four men, Robert Catesby, Thomas Winter, John Winter,and John Wright, all Catholics who had been personally affected by religious persecution and who were all related either by birth or marriage, met at the...

The Bonfire Plot – Part 6

"The wondrous miracle of Garnet's straw." As Garnet's body was being dismembered on the block, his head was flung into a basket which had been lined with straw to soak up the blood. It landed with such force that some of the straw was thrown out and one piece...

Baldersby St James

William Butterfield built churches, a lot of them, in England, in the 19th Century. They are among my favourite buildings. This is one of his, St James, Baldersby St James, North Yorkshire, finished 1857, only took a couple of years. Butterfield was building his...

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