Gunpowder plot on the BBC was a damp squib
BONFIRE night brought a crop of supporting TV docu-dramas, some quite good and Gunpowder BBC1, quite bad.
A drama serial for those who like their actors in the latest beards and hairstyles rather than those of the 1600s and a simple plotline, in which the goodies are heroic and the baddies too evil to seem real.
Didn’t all these earnest young gentlemen with their horses, hounds and country mansions have anything better to do than blow up the King and Parliament?
Alright he was a Scot, that’s understandable, but they could have paid their fines and gone to church, it’s a lot easier than having your bowels cut out in public.
One thing I learned during my brief foray into politics was that there is no such thing as the ‘right’ view on an issue.
In a roomful of elected egocentrics (I was one) there can be as many bonkers points of view as there are councillors present.
No-one ever put up a statue to Guy Fawkes because he was a ‘traitor’ - his revolt was a failure.
They put up a statue to Oliver Cromwell near Parliament, which he had dissolved by force – his revolution was a success.
Cromwell made sure he got someone else to kill the King, with an axe not gunpowder.
This was John Bradshawe, Stockport’s most infamous son.
I had some difficulty putting a blue plaque on a petrol station in Marple to commemorate Bradshawe’s birthplace and no-one would hear of a statue to this man who judicially rid us of a ‘tyrant’ - Charles I, the son of James I (whom Guy Fawkes was trying to kill).
Cromwell got the benefit and Bradshawe got the odium.
I give you John Bradshawe – hero and tyrannicide, (although someone wrote ‘traitor’ beside his baptismal entry in St Mary’s Church parish records, in the safety of the vestry), he bestrode the pages of 17th century history like a colossus, and coming from an entirely different religious and political viewpoint sadly achieved what Guy Fawkes failed to do. »»Don’t miss your last chance to buy the final souvenir issue of Stockport Heritage Magazine still selling in newsagents around Stockport until the end of the month. After that you can get back copies and binders from St Mary’s Heritage Centre, and Book Exchange, Covered Market, or online from me www.stockportheritagemagazine.co.uk
●»A contemporary portrait of Guy Fawkes and friends in 1605
●»‘Suspicious characters guarding barrels on Stockport Market Place!’
●»John Bradshawe, who partly succeeded where Guy Fawkes failed