English history


1996 Manchester bombing

The 1996 Manchester bombing was an attack carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army on Saturday 15 June 1996, when they detonated a 15,000 kg bomb in the centre of Manchester, England.

Atterbury Plot

Conspiracy named after Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester and Dean of Westminster, aimed at restoring the House of Stuart to the throne of Great Britain.

Battle of Badon

Redirected to Battle of Mons Badonicus.

Battle of Howe Bridge

The Battle of Howe Bridge took place on 4 February 1881 against the background of an acrimonious strike by 50,000 miners from pits on the Lancashire coalfield that was characterised by mobs of miners picketing working pits.

Battle of Mons Badonicus

Battle reportedly fought between the Celtic Britons and invading Anglo-Saxons, possibly in 516.

Cheetham Close

Cheetham Close, a hill in the West Pennine Moors above Turton in Lancashire, is the site of an ancient stone circle.

Combination Acts

Acts of Parliament passed by the Tory government of William Pitt the Younger in response to its fear of unrest or revolution among the working classes. They banned workers from combining to form trade unions and prevented them from striking, calling for shorter hours or increased pay.

Death of Kevin Gately

Student who died as the result of a head injury received in the Red Lion Square disorders in London in 1974.

Five Members

Five members of parliament whom King Charles tried to have arrested in the House of Commons on 4 January 1642.

Fortescue Conspiracy

Attempt in 1558 to foretell the duration of the the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Gunpowder Plot

Attempt in 1605 to assassinate King James I and re-establish a Catholic monarchy by blowing up the House of Lords.

Guy Fawkes

Member of the group of English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Henry Garnet

English Jesuit priest executed for his complicity in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Leighth Feight

Clash between Chartists and police in Leigh, Lancashire in August 1839.

Manchester Blitz

Heavy bombing of the city of Manchester and its surrounding areas in North West England during the Second World War by the Nazi German Luftwaffe.

Manchester Martyrs

Three men executed for the murder of a police officer in Manchester, England, in 1867.

Peterloo Massacre

Cavalry charge on 16 August 1819 into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 that had gathered at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, England to demand the reform of parliamentary representation

Power-loom riots

Rioting by hand loom weavers in 1826 in Lancashire, England against the introduction of the much more efficient power looms.

Robert Keyes

One of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Skelmanthorpe flag

Banner made in honour of the victims of the Peterloo Massacre.

Thomas Tyldesley

Supporter of Charles I and a Royalist commander during the English Civil War.

Waldegrave Conspiracy

Supposed plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I and reintroduce Catholicism to England.