Reigate Priory Panorama

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Place: Reigate Priory (Reigate) (Reigate, Surrey, England)

Year: 1959

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 12


1-12 September 1959 at 8pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Devised, written and directed by [Pageant Master]: Hummel, Cecile
  • Chairman: G.G. Simmons
  • Vice-Chairman: H.G. Daniels
  • Hon. Secretary: J.H. Patterson
  • Props: D. Avery
  • House Management: G.L. Boyle
  • Programme Production: I. Dickson
  • Designer and Master of Heraldry: J. Ferguson
  • Publicity: G. Kirk
  • Treasurer: G.M. Gibbs
  • Assistant Producer: C.K. Macadie
  • Stands and Staging: L.M.S. Mosely
  • Transport: R.I. Proctor
  • Lighting and Sound: M. Rubeck
  • Finance: R.C.H. Toye
  • Producer: C. Hummel
  • Mistress of the Horse: N. Peters
  • Wardrobe: G. Webb


Names of executive committee or equivalent

Executive Committee

Chairman: The Mayo, Councillor H.J. Best
Vice-Chairman: Alderman H.G. Daniels
Hon Secretary: J.H. Patterson
Hon. Treasurer: G.M. Gibbs
C. Hummel, B.L. Bourne, C.K. Macadie, N.C. Smith, R.C.H. Toye, A.E. Wiltshire, L.M.S. Moseley, M. Rubeck, G.G. Simmons

Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)

Hummel, Cecile

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information

Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion

Audience information

  • Grandstand: Not Known
  • Grandstand capacity: n/a
  • Total audience: n/a

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

Associated events


Pageant outline

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Foxe, John (1516/17–1587) martyrologist
  • Howard, William, first Baron Howard of Effingham (c.1510–1573) naval commander
  • Howard, Henry, earl of Surrey (1516/17–1547) poet and soldier
  • Howard, Charles, second Baron Howard of Effingham and first earl of Nottingham (1536–1624) naval commander
  • Parsons, Humphrey (c.1676–1741) brewer and politician
  • Beatty, David, first Earl Beatty (1871–1936) naval officer
  • Edward VII (1841–1910) king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British dominions beyond the seas, and emperor of India

Musical production

Newspaper coverage of pageant

Book of words


Other primary published materials

Reigate Priory Panorama. N.P., 1959.

Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of programme in Surrey History Centre, Woking, reference 791.6p.

Sources used in preparation of pageant



Like the Reigate pageant of 1953 and the ‘Surrey Cavalcade’ Pageant in 1956, the ‘panorama’ of 1959 was produced by Cecile Hummel, headmistress of Merstham Grange School. There is a copy of the programme in the Surrey History Centre, Woking, but few other details of the event. The pageant was performed 12 times. A further pageant was performed there in 1963.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Reigate Priory Panorama’, The Redress of the Past,