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Due to age and lack of newspapers at the times, very little is known
at the moment about the 1700s, but we do have a few tidbets of information.
Sometime around the 1780s, on the 5th of November, the Bonfire was burning on the green,
when a Mr Oliver approached while wearing a huge belt which was filled with fireworks made
from gunpowder from the local mills (Many of the local Firework makers used Battle Gunpowder,
as it was reported to be possibly the finest in the world). However, a spark from a nearby
blazing faggot ignited the fireworks in his belt and they exploded. He passed away almost a year
later from the damage inflicted from the explosion.
Around abouts 1795, The Battel Bonfire Guy was made. The head, was made from Pear wood from a local
tree in the Abbey Estate and it was the custom, at the time, to decapitated the guy, much like Fawkes himself was, and burn
the body, leaving the head (and shoulders) which would be used the for the next years guy. While the
paint has been touched up since then, this is the same Guys head we use today.
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