The history of London Fireworks
We’re entering into a season of historic celebration in London, as the temperature drops the autumn colours that appear the parks are as colourful as the November skies ..it’s firework season (and my favourite time of year).
We all remember the reason, celebrating King James I’s survival following Guy Fawkes’ attempt on his life and parliament.
Throughout the 1600’s and beyond fireworks were used to celebrate and commemorate not just Nov 5th, but coronations, achievements at war, summer pleasure gardens, and general high society parties, such as those held in the squares of Marylebone by the famous socialite Elizabeth Montagu.
The picture above (one of my most favourite), shows fireworks along the Thames opposite the now lost Whitehall Palace in 1749, they came choreographed with Music composed by Handel.
Fireworks were big business and with it came danger and tragedy. Most famously the event of 12 July 1858 at Waterloo, when two fireworks factories exploded, killing 6 and injuring 300 as fireworks exploded in all directions causing injury and havoc.
But still we love fireworks and still we celebrate 5th November, and the capital is a wonderful place to see them.
Talking of historic celebrations and fireworks make sure you head into the city this November 8th for the Lord Mayor’s show.This 800 year old event when the Lord Mayor of London (not Boris) leaves the City of London and heads up to Westminster to swear allegiance to the Crown. Its full of pomp and ceremony and has a carnival atmosphere.
Among the flotillas look out for London’s ancient guardians Gog and Margog. And just to top off it off there will be fireworks on the river at 5pm! To find out more go to www.lordmayorsshow.org