Boughton House to mark county’s role in gunpowder plot

Boughton House will host a special bonfire night show
Boughton House will host a special bonfire night show
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The role in the gunpowder plot of a stately home near Kettering is to be marked this year as it hosts special Bonfire Night celebrations.

Boughton House was home to Edward, the first Baron Montagu, who led the Parliamentary campaign to have the botched plot and the king’s survival observed with celebrations every year.

And those celebrations will return to their spiritual home on November 4 and 5, with a spectacular display of fireworks, live performance and projections on to the side of the house.

Paul Long, co-artistic director of Watch this Space, which is putting on the show, said the event stemmed from a similar but smaller scale celebration at Lyveden New Bield in 2009.

He said: “That project was a massive success, but the problem was the number of people you could get on site.”

Organisers decided Boughton House would be an ideal place to host a larger Bonfire Night event – and only then discovered the home’s links to the Guy Fawkes plot of 1605.

Mr Long added: “It was just fate, really.

“It’s completely tied in with the gunpowder plot in a way nowhere else is.”

Meanwhile a leading conspirator, Francis Tresham, lived nearby at Rushton Hall.

Mr Long said: “It’s about telling the story of the gunpowder plot, and particularly Northamptonshire’s connections to it. It’s educational and informative and dramatic.”

Tickets for the event are available by calling 01604 624811, online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk or by visiting the Royal and Derngate box office.