Evening walk: Revolution - the Cato Street Conspiracy

Ref: C2423287

In 1820 an alleged plot to murder the cabinet at dinner was uncovered and foiled. At the time and ever since there have been many questions concerning purpose, context and blame. We will take a short walk from Edgeware Road Tube to the location of the Cato Street Conspiracy and some of the other key locations of the event. We will consider some of the contemporary evidence for the event in an attempt to understand the political context, the aims and motives of those involved, how real the threat was and what its legacy has been. We will also spend some time considering some of those involved and tracing their route to the night of February 23rd 1820 and just why they were sat in a room over a stable just off the Edgeware Road

Course aim

This is a short walk around some of the historical locations of the Cato Street Conspiracy of 1820 - we will ask what was it about, why did it fail and what impact did it have then and now.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the conspiracy
  • interrogate documentary evidence and draw substantiated conclusions
  • identify change and continuity connected to the event
  • draw links and parallels to our own times and experience

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

It is an outdoor session so sensible footwear and protection from the elements. There is a small amount of walking to do on pavements.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Evening walk: Revolution - the Cato Street Conspiracy


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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