Gunpowder, treason and plot at Coughton Court

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Discover the true story of this very local legend. Many of us know the legend of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, recorded for all time in the nursery rhyme:

Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, twas his intent
To blow up King and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By God’s mercy he was catched
With a dark lantern and lighted match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King.

But do you know the local origins of this infamous event?

And that Guy Fawkes wasn’t the mastermind behind it all? The magnificent Tudor mansion of Coughton Court, nestled on the edge of the old Forest of Arden, and the Throckmorton family, had their part to play in this dark moment of English history.


It was at Coughton Court that arms, horses and ammunition had been stored, ready for the uprising that was meant to follow the annihilation of Parliament. And it was in Coughton’s great gatehouse, early on 6 November 1605, that the family and associates of one of the chief gunpowder plotters received news of the plot’s failure.

Hear the news in the Tower Room

When you visit Coughton Court you can learn all about the Gunpowder Plot in the Tower Room, the highest room of the gatehouse, where that fateful news was first delivered.