Montacute is linked to Bonfire Night
Somerset's fascinating fireworks facts
We all know about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot when he attempted to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament. But did you know that there are quite a few compelling connections between Bonfire Night and Somerset?
Nor did we, until we happened to stumble across one particular link between the two which got us wondering if there were any more.
We decided to dig a little deeper and as a result, we've put together this list of Somerset's fascinating fireworks facts. If you know of any more, let us know by using the form at the bottom of this page.
Did you know?
- Bridgwater Carnival is one of the largest Bonfire Night celebrations in the country and dates back to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot.
- Franciscan monk Roger Bacon, born in Ilminster in 1214, is the earliest recorded user of gunpowder in England.
- Robert Parsons, born in Nether Stowey, was a Jesuit priest who was reputed to be behind the Guy Fawkes plot to blow up Parliament
- Sir John Popham, born in Huntworth in 1533, was a Lord Chief Justice of England who took part in the trial of Guy Fawkes.
- Sir Edward Phelips, the lawyer who opened for the prosecution in the trial of Guy Fawkes, commissioned Montacute House to be built for him at the end of the 16th century.
last updated: 05/11/07
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