Our places in explosive BBC series Gunpowder
There was no shortage of anti-monarchist plots throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, but few have made such a lasting impression on the country as the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. This autumn the legendary events are retold in Gunpowder - a new three part TV series for the BBC which was filmed at some of our places.
Many people associate the plot with Guy Fawkes, but the real mastermind was a member of the minor gentry named Robert Catesby, who was involved in several efforts to bring the newly Protestant England back to Catholicism. At a time when the country was at war with Catholic Spain and those still practicing the religion were persecuted and forced into hiding, this was rebellion at its most dangerous.
Starring Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), the series charts Catesby’s final dramatic attempt to halt the spread of Protestantism: a plot to blow up both Parliament and the King.
" We were delighted East Riddlesden Hall and Fountains Abbey were chosen as key locations for the series. Filming provides valuable income which helps fund the conservation and preservation of National Trust properties"
Our places in the spotlight
Filmed mainly in Yorkshire, the production made use of two of our properties to bring the story to life. East Riddlesden Hall is the venue for the pivotal scene where a member of Parliament receives a letter warning him that something is afoot.
Fountains Abbey is also featured as the vaults under the Houses of Parliament, where the plotters hoard their barrels of gunpowder and prepare to set their plan in motion.
The first episode in the three-part series Gunpowder aired on Saturday 21 October, BBC 1. The full series is available on BBC iPlayer.