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Remember remember, the fifth of November – images of Bonfire Night in the past

Every year on 5th November, people in Britain celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 with bonfires, effigies of Guy Fawkes and fireworks.

You’ll find thousands of descriptions and images of Bonfire Night celebrations from the past in our collection of historical newspapers. We’ve selected some of our favourite examples for you to enjoy.

 

1861: Burning the Guy on the fifth of November

Burning the Guy on the fifth of November 1861

Penny Illustrated Paper – Saturday 09 November 1861
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1883: Guy Fawkes celebrations at Bridgewater

Guy Fawkes celebrations at Bridgewater in 1883

The Graphic – Saturday 17 November 1883
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1910: Inventive begging on Guy Fawkes’ Day

Inventive begging on Guy Fawkes’ Day in 1910

Hull Daily Mail – Friday 04 November 1910
Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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1913: Searching the vaults at the Houses of Parliament

Searching the vaults at the Houses of Parliament in 1913

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Tuesday 11 March 1913
Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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1926: Celebrating the gunpowder plot with a bonfire in Somerset

Celebrating the gunpowder plot with a bonfire in Somerset in 1926

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Saturday 06 November 1926
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