Cato Street – The Conspiracy 2020

The 23rd February 2020 marked the 200th year since the uncovering of a group of conspirators in Cato Street who were planning to overthrow the government.
The HDRA marked the day with a series of events …
We stepped back in time on February 23rd 2020-the 200th anniversary of the Cato Street Conspiracy the plot to murder the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet and people came to Cato Street to hear the sights and sounds of Georgian England and to find out what happened on that day 200 years ago.
There was food and and drinks of the past, a horse drawn tram for a ride through the streets, street sellers plying their wares. There was a magician, a Punch and Judy show, singers to entertain. Many visitors came in costumes from the 1850s.
February is always a difficult time of year, but the rain held off..

There was also an art competition for primary school children.

The local pubs joined in the fun – and The Duke of York on Harrowby Street hosted two short plays – Cato Street 1820, fresh from its 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run at the Pleasance Courtyard. (3pm, Duke of of York Pub, Harrowby Street – tickets available here ) and a telling of the story of the Female Weavers of Peterloo by Charlotte Peters Rock.

Many people got into the spirit of the day and came dressed appropriately.

Here are a selection of photographs of the day – as you can see huge efforts were made by both residents and visitors.

Then and now …