The Diabolical Cato-Street Plot

Historian article

By Richard A. Gaunt, published 22nd May 2019

The Cato Street Conspiracy, 1820

Richard A. Gaunt reminds us that it is still possible to visit the site of a notorious conspiratorial challenge to Lord Liverpool’s government, and why this event was so significant.

At around 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 February 1820, a dozen Bow Street Runners in plain clothes, led by George Thomas Joseph Ruthven (1792-1844), stormed into a 15½ foot by 11 foot hayloft above a small stable on Cato Street, off the Edgware Road in London. Their target was a group of some two dozen armed conspirators, led by Arthur Thistlewood (1774-1820), who were making final preparations to assassinate the British cabinet...

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