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Firework Fantasia

John Dalkin

Solihull, United Kingdom

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Fireworks on the 5th November, Birmingham, England.
Each year the English celebrate the Gunpowder Plot, with bonfires and fireworks,
when (long ago) Guy Fawkes was discovered trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament .
Guy Fawkes was an old boy at my school, St. Peter`s School, York. It is a Church of England school and Guy Fawkes converted to become a Roman Catholic ( and hence the plot to blow up the King) later in life.
Featured in several groups such as “Shapes and Paterns”
1570 – 1606
Stonegate, York, about April 13th, 1570.
16th April 1570 in St Michael-le-Belfry. (Baptismal Register still exists)
Edward (Clerk in Minster Offices) & Edith née Blake. Two sisters Anne & Elizabeth, who lived and married in Scotton.
Lived with well-to-do and respected grandmother, Ellen Harrington. Fawkes family well-known, ancestors Lord Mayors and Sheriffs. Grandmother would seem to dislike Edith Fawkes, judging from grudging references and bequests in will. (Guy only received a whistle and a gold coin in her will.) Guy’s father died 1578. Mother remarried in 1587, a catholic, Dionis Bainbridge connected with the Pulleyns and the Percy family. They lived at Scotton between Knaresborough and Ripley.
St. Peter`s School, York ‘Ye free schole in ye Horsefair’. This was at the corner of Gillygate and Lord Mayor’s Walk (now occupied by car park). Not many details of Guy’s schooldays exist, but here he received Roman Catholic influences (along with other boys.) Previous Head Master of St Peter’s, John Fletcher, had been imprisoned for 20 years as a Catholic recusant. Guy’s Head Master – John Pulleyn, outwardly conforming, seems to have influenced the boys greatly in two ways – drama and Catholicism, though later he denounced a disguised priest.

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