There’s an uninhabited island to the north of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands that is named Isla Guy Fawkes. No one’s really sure why.

After the gunpowder plot, guy became a widely-used term for an ‘ugly or repulsive person’.

Although there was enough gunpowder to cause considerable damage, it’s thought that the gunpowder has actually deteriorated so much that had it been lit, it would not have exploded.

The first meeting of the main conspirators took place in the Duck and Drake pub on The Strand, London.

There were only ever two confessions printed in full: one was Guy Fawkes’ and the other belonged to Thomas Wintour. Both can be seen at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

Guy Fawkes managed to outwit his executioner and avoid the gruesome execution that was to follow. Significantly weakened from torture, he had to be helped onto the scaffold. Once there, he jumped, breaking his neck in the fall.

Settlers exported Guy Fawkes Night to North America, Australia and New Zealand, where it was known as Pope Day, although the tradition has all but died out now.

The cellar where the conspirators kept the dynamite was destroyed by fire in 1834, although the lantern Guy Fawkes carried in 1605 is now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeomen of the Guard just before the State Opening to ensure no latter-day Fawkes is concealed in the cellars.

Although popularised by Guy Fawkes night, fireworks were first recorded in England at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.  Originally only orange and white, new colours were achieved in the Middle Ages by adding different salts.