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How many barrels of gunpowder were there?

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On 12 Nov 2017 at 3:49am Oy wrote:
Hi there.
A historical question regarding the Gunpowder plot
I cannot figure out how many the barrels under the Parliament were.
According to the songs, they were "three score", that is 60.
According to almost all other sources though, they were 36.
Does anyone here have any idea why this mismatch occurs, and what the true number is?
Thanks
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On 12 Nov 2017 at 1:15pm John Johnson wrote:
There were indeed only 36 barrels below. The other 24 were saved for outfires
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 7:23am Oy wrote:
Thanks.
So, after-party, heh?
Other ideas are also welcome
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 8:50am vey wrote:
Probably started with three dozen...barrels below and at some point hyperbole took over.
 
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 11:52pm Oy wrote:
Yes, it makes sense!


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