Friday, 7 November 2008

Guy Fawkes' Record of Baptism in York


Guy Fawkes, whose death is celebrated on Bonfire Night (Nov 5th) was born in York, and was baptised in the church of St Michael Le Belfrey. On my visit there this morning, I found that the register showing the entry for Guy Fawkes' baptism is on display this week, on its final day today so I was lucky to get to see it just in time. I can't read the script at all, but his entry is on the left and is the third from the top, with two small black vertical lines just next to it. Guy Fawkes, son of Edward Fawkes. The entry is dated 16th April 1570.


This nice lady whose name I omitted to ask (although we established that she knows my mum!) has been a guardian of the register while it's been on display. It'll be out again in January, as part of a residents' week taking place.

8 comments:

Tanya said...

That is so neat Ruby, what a perfect way to wrap up the series you have done!
She looks like a sweet little lady :)

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Jackie said...

That's fascinating - what a wonderful piece of history (I couldn't read it either though!). I've seen the plaque on the wall of the building where he was born, but haven't seen this record. Looks like you timed it just right!

marley said...

What an amazing bit of history to still be intact. Glad you managed to see it and get a photo!

I always have things happen to me in unusual places, where people know people I know!

lunarossa said...

Hi Ruby, What a pity to have found out about it only now! I would have liked to take my daughter to see it. She's been fascinated by this poor Guy since she was a little kid. I do not really know what they teach a school nowadays!!! Ciao. Antonella

babooshka said...

This is absolutely fascinating stuff.
Job well done. This beats fireworks. I had no idea this place exisisted.

babooshka said...

This is absolutely fascinating stuff.
Job well done. This beats fireworks. I had no idea this place exisisted.

jane said...

I'm feeling very ignorant, I had no idea he came from York. Thanks Ruby.