The Siege of Holbeche House
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.