Gunpowder plot relived

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DAVENTRY’S connections to the gunpowder plot are to be explored through a series of events.

The museum at the town council’s offices in New Street will host an exhibition called The Powder Treason – Catesby this weekend.

Angela Adams, from Daventry Local History Group, which is staging the exhibition, said: “We have lots of connections to the plot in and around the Daventry area.

“Ashby St Ledgers is the main one as it was in the village’s manor house that the plotters drew up their plans, but there are lots of other links too.

“Most people know about Guy Fawkes, but he really was just the fall guy for the plotters.

“Another person involved - in fact he was almost the ringleader - was Robert Catesby, who may have been born in Catesby just down the road from Daventry.

“We’re also looking at more recent traditions as well, so if anyone has any photos, or stories, please bring them along.”

Alongside the gunpower plot exhibition is the museum’s Back to School display which will be up for the last time.

In addition to this, a series of talks are being run at the church in Ashby St Ledgers which looks at the history of the gunpowder plot.

They are run by Nigel and Pam Townsend who live in Guilsborough.

Nigel said: “We have got a number of schools already booked in during early November to hear the talk where we will teach them about the history and try and bring it to life.

“If my colleague is with me who knows how to fire a musket, then people can have a go at doing that as well which is always good fun.”

While the session usually runs for around two-and-a-half hours and is run for school children, it is available for any groups wishing to get in touch.

Nigel added: “The best thing for people to do is get in touch with Pam and I in the first instance, but we are very happy to accommodate groups that want to find out a bit more about the history of the site.

“It is great to make people aware that there is something so historically important available.”

Entry to the exhibition, open from 10am to 4pm, at the Daventry Town Council Museum in New Street is free of charge. For more details, call the office on 01327 301246.

For more information on the talk at Ashby St Ledgers, contact Nigel on 01604 740900.