DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 5, 2020) – In Issue 103 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps takes us to some bonfire celebrations. . . in England.

Man stands close to large bonfire (Stock image)

Today is Guy Fawkes day in England, celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.

Guy Fawkes was a key figure in a plot to blow up the British House of Lords in 1605 on this day.  There was a tip, and the plot was foiled.  He was to be put to death in a nasty way months later, but he managed to fall from the gallows and break his neck.

Soon after it became common to burn effigies of disliked people like Guy and others.  This then morphed into today’s custom of just lighting bonfires and fireworks.

Here is Tanner’s map of England and Wales from 1836.     

England and Wales from 1836 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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