Remember Remember 1605
London commuters were baffled this morning as the architects of the Gunpowder Plot from 1605 boarded the tube – heading straight for the Houses of Parliament.
Draped in cloaks and wearing boots with spurs, the likes of Guy Fawkes and his fellow plotters mingled with confused workers en route.
But after disembarking at Westminster, they were halted by Lady Cecil and agents of the Crown holding an anonymous letter revealing details of the planned atrocity.
The plotters were then frogmarched to the Tower of London, where they were historically imprisoned in 1605 before suffering a traitor’s execution.
Fortunately, this group posed no threat – and were actually actors from The Gunpowder Plot out on the 16th May (16/05)
The group hit the London streets on the sixteenth day of the fifth month to raise awareness of the failed attempt to blow up King James I and his Government in 1605 after research found more than one in four people (27%) have little or no understanding about the Gunpowder Plot.
“It’s not something you see every day on the tube, a carriage of people dressed in period clothing – it was certainly intriguing. The spectacle definitely brightened up my morning commute.”
One in 10 of those asked thought it was the newly crowned King Charles III who was in the firing line.
More than a fifth of people misunderstood where the treasonous plot was due to take place – as they thought Buckingham Palace was the target in 1605, not the Houses of Parliament.
While 16% admitted they believed the story of the Gunpowder Plot is a work of fiction – and didn’t actually happen.
Of these, 25% assumed it was a fairy-tale, while 45% just thought the plot was the source material for the 2005 film V for Vendetta!