Ep 140 - the Cato Street Conspiracy - treason and terror
30th May 2023 - Ep 140.
Back in 1820, times were fractious. Not long after the end of the French revolution, the smell of change lingered in the air, and had reached the shores of Britain. In London, suppression of political radicals and ideas had begun, and secret societies were pushed underground, creating militant factions intent on spurring change
23rd Feb 1820 saw the most notorious of all attempts, the Cato Street Conspiracy. A group of men under the banner of the Spencerian Society of Philanthropy took it upon themselves to attempt to murder the entire Cabinet in one go. Would they succeed? We take a look at the story on this week's episode.
Below are images and more information to support the story.
4 of the main conspirators - L-R - William Davidson, James Ings (butcher) and Thomas Brunt, and the ringleader Arthur Thistlewood.
Cato Street as it appears today with the English Heritage Blue Plaque.
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