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The gunpowder plot

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot." Rugby had a crucial role in Robert Catesby's conspiracy to assassinate James I and blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

At the behest of Catesby and his fellow plotters, a crowd was gathered at Dunchurch's Red Lion Inn on 4 November  - eagerly awaiting news from London. 

The plotters had planned to ride from Dunchurch to nearby Coombe Abbey on hearing news of James I's death, seizing Princess Elizabeth and proclaiming her the new monarch. 

But when Guy Fawkes was discovered in a cellar beneath the House of Lords the following day - together with 36 barrels of gunpowder - the plot unravelled. 

Catesby and his co-conspirators rode from London to Dunchurch to announce the plot had failed.

The Red Lion Inn can still be found in Dunchurch - now called Guy Fawkes House to commemorate its unique role in history. 

Remember, remember, the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason, and plot."