'plot room' at Ashby St Ledgers
Catesby, who lived at Ashby
St Ledgers, near Daventry, was a devout Catholic.
was a popular, fashionable man, more than six-feel-tall, handsome,
a courageous horseman and admired swordsman. He seems to have charisma
by the bucket-load and was, perhaps, a born leader.
His father had been imprisoned for harbouring a Catholic priest,
and he himself left university without a degree to avoid taking
the Protestant Oath of Supremacy.
became the leader of the small band of conspirators.
started around June 1603, Thomas Percy, a disgruntled Catholic,
came to Northamptonshire to visit Robert Catesby. It's thought that
they met in the old half-timbered gatehouse to the manor at Ashby
St Ledgers. The building still stands and the place they met is
known as the 'plot room'.
Percy told Catesby he would kill the King with his own hands. Catesby
urged him to hold back - he wanted to consult with others first.
Catesby was also joined by someone else from Northamptonshire...