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A botched coup: the desperate Cato Street conspiracy

14 May 2022

9:00 AM

14 May 2022

9:00 AM

Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London Vic Gatrell

Cambridge University Press, pp.474, 25

Almost half of the terrorists hadn’t even turned up. Still, on the night of 23 February 1820, 25 men, including a butcher, several shoemakers and a cabinet maker, met in a hayloft on Cato Street, just off the Edgware Road in central London. Led by the semi-respectable son of a tenant farmer, Arthur Thistlewood, their plan was to assassinate the prime minister Lord Liverpool and his cabinet, who were thought to be dining together at the Grosvenor Square mansion of Lord Harrowby, the president of the privy council.

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