The Siege of Hol­beche House

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By An­drew Noott

Down Him­ley way, near ‘Swin­ford Old Hol­beche House still stands Last refuge of Robert Catesby And the Gun­pow­der Plot­ters gang.

‘Twas at Hol­beche the plot­ters hid In the year of 1605 And in the siege of Hol­beche House Spent their last days alive.

The plan to kill King James was foiled When Guy Fawkes was dis­cov­ered In cel­lars down ’neath Par­lia­ment The Gun­pow­der Plot un­cov­ered.

The fugi­tive gang, by Catesby led Pur­sued by the Sher­iff of Worces­ter, fled On horse­back the hunted men took flight ’Cross Worces­ter­shire coun­try And on that rainy night The vil­lage of Kingswin­ford reached Took refuge at the house of Hol­beche.

Sur­rounded by the sher­iff’s men The siege of Hol­beche House be­gan As Catesby vowed ‘Tis here I’ll die’ The plot­ters made their fi­nal stand.

Then shots from mus­kets filled the air And on that cold No­vem­ber day The Gun­pow­der Plot­ters met with Death At Hol­beche House, down Him­ley way.

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