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ALCESTER'S National Trust property, Coughton Court, is connected with the Gunpowder Plot via Francis Tre-sham and Robert Catesby.

The chief plotters (along with Guy Fawkes) were grandsons of Sir Robert Throckmorton - the family which still manages the estate.

On November 5, 1605, the wives of some of the leading plotters waited at Coughton Court for news from London about the attempt to simultaneously assassinate the King of England and Scotland, and all the nobles, bishops, and members of the House of Commons.

The plan involved hiding 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords and detonating them during the State Opening of Parliament.

Other conspirators included Thomas Bates, Robert Winter, Christopher Wright, John Wright, Thomas Percy and Thomas Winter.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 3, 2006
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