Did you know legend has it the Gunpowder Plot was partly hatched at Twigmoor Hall in Lincolnshire?
The Grade II listed building, near Holme in north Lincolnshire, was once home to John ‘Jack’ Wright, one of the co-conspirators with Guy Fawkes in the 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
John and his brother Christopher ‘Kit’ Wright were known Catholic recusants and were arrested (but later released) as part of the Earl of Essex’s failed rebellion of 1601.
John was one of the first men to join the Gunpowder Plot conspirators, led by Robert Catesby. His brother Chistopher joined the plot later in its development.
The brothers were former schoolmates of Guy Fawkes and their sister was the wife of fellow plotter Thomas Percy.
Local legend has it that Twigmoor Hall hosted several meetings of the conspirators. It was described as “.. one of the worst in her Majesty’s dominions and is used like a Popish college for traitors in the northern part”.
When the Gunpowder Plot was uncovered, John, Christopher, and their supporters travelled across the Midlands attempting to rally support for a popular uprising.
They were both killed in a battle with Sheriff or Worcester’s forces at Holbeche House in Staffordshire.
County-born historian Tracy Borman will be at Lincoln Book Festival 2018 on 29th September at Lincoln Drill Hall with her debut novel, The King’s Witch, focused on the 1605 Gunpowder Plot.
You can book tickets at Lincoln Drill Hall box office.
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