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Key dates in the plot

We all know the infamous date 5th November is associated with Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot, but did you know the other dates leading up to Britain's greatest conspiracy?

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The years before

24th March 1603 - King James I is crowned King of England

20th May 1604 - The first meeting of Catesby, Thomas Winter, John Wright, Thomas Percy, and Guy Fawkes in the Duck and Drake in the Strand, London, where Catesby proposes the attack on the opening of Parliament, core group of conspirators swore an oath of secrecy

24th May 1604 - Thomas Percy leases a small house next to the House of Lords Chamber

9th June 1604 - Percy is appointed as one of the King’s bodyguards

7th July 1604 - Meeting of Parliament ends with the King saying it will meet again on the 7th February 1605

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The Months Before

7th February 1605 - The meeting of Parliament postponed

20th July 1605 - Barrels of fresh gunpowder brought into the basement storeroom

28th July 1605 - The meeting of Parliament postponed again

29th September 1605 - Ambrose Rookwood initiated into the conspiracy

3rd October 1605 - Meeting of Parliament put off to 5th November

14th October 1605 - Francis Tresham is recruited to the plot

21st October 1605 - Sir Everard Digby is drawn into the plot

26th October 1605 - Lord Monteagle receives a mysterious letter advising him not to attend the state opening of Parliament. He takes it to the King’s minister, Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury

31st October 1605 - After a hunting trip in Hertfordshire the King returns to London and is told about the letter the following day

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The Final Days Before

1st and 2nd November 1605 - Catesby and Winter accuse Tresham, Monteagle’s brother-in-law, of being an informer

3rd November 1605 - The conspirators meet and decide to continue with their plans

4th November 1605 - Thomas Percy has dinner with his uncle, the Earl of Northumberland. The Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Suffolk, inspects the House of Lords and the buildings around it. Acting on Suffolk’s report, the King orders a full search under the auspices of Westminster magistrate Sir Thomas Knyvett. Knyvett discovers Fawkes (who gives his name as John Johnson) and the gunpowder and arrests him

5th November 1605 - Catholic gentry in the midlands gather to hunt as arranged by Catesby. The conspirators leave London and disperse; Catesby arrives at the rendezvous in the Midlands and explains what has happened. Parliament meets briefly and the plot’s discovery is recorded in the journal of the House of Commons

7th November 1605 - Proclamation declaring the rebels as traitors. The conspirators arrive at Holbeach House in Staffordshire. At the Tower of London Fawkes makes the first in a series of confessions

8th November 1605 - Local militia attack Holbeach House. Catesby, Percy and the Wright brothers are killed; the others are captured

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The Aftermath

9th November 1605 - The opening of Parliament. The King’s speech describe the plot

23rd December 1605 - Francis Tresham dies of natural causes in the Tower of London

15th January 1606 - proclamation issued for the arrest of a number of Catholic priests who are implicated in the plot, including Henry Garnett and Oswald Tesimond

21 January 1606 - Parliament reassembles

23rd January 1606 - Parliament passes the Thanksgiving Act - a day of thanksgiving for ‘the joyful day of deliverance’

27th January 1605 - Digby, Grant, Fawkes, Keyes, Rookwood, Robert, and Thomas Winter tried before a special commission in Westminster Hall. Henry Garnett is captured at Hindlip House in Worcestershire

30th January 1606 - Digby, Robert Winter, Grant and Bates executed in St Paul’s churchyard

31st January 1606 - Fawkes, Rookwood, Thomas Winter and Keyes executed in Old Palace Yard, Westminster

28th March 1606 - Garnett is tried at the Guildhall, London by a special commission, prosecuted by Attorney General, Sir Edward Coke. He is found guilty and is executed on 3rd May

5th November 1790 - First instances of burning effigies of Guy Fawkes and “penny for the Guy” (previously effigies of the Pope were burned)