Guy Fawkes and ‘Bonfire Night’ Stories from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries

Posted on November 5th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November…’

To celebrate the life of one of the more colourful and flamboyant characters to have entered the Houses of Parliament, we’ve posted below some stories about Guy Fawkes.

We did a quick search for the name, ‘Guy Fawkes’, and there were 1,000s of results. But we thought it would be interesting to post stories across the years, so have chosen stories about ‘Guy Fawkes’ from 1777, 1849, 1892 and 1923.

There are some fascinating stories about Guy Fawkes and ‘Bonfire Night’ in the Archive. In particular, we like the stories about the history and meaning of ‘Bonfire Night’. But it was also interesting to see how the setting off of fireworks gradually became part of the ‘Bonfire Night’ festivities.

To find these stories, just do a search for ‘Guy Fawkes’ and/or ‘Bonfire Night’, and then use the filtering options (i.e. date, title of newspaper, region) to read the stories that most interest you.

newspaper story about Guy Fawkes

Dover Express – Friday 6 November 1891

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000330/18911106/004/0002

newspaper story about Guy Fawkes

Derby Mercury – Friday 07 March 1777

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000189/17770307/009/0003

newspaper story about Guy Fawkes

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 09 November 1849

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000225/18491109/015/0002

newspaper story about Guy Fawkes

York Herald – Friday 12 February 1892

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000500/18920212/057/0006

newspaper story about Guy Fawkes

Tamworth Herald – Saturday 20 October 1923

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000484/19231020/068/0007

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