Surrey Cavalcade

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

Year: 1956

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 10


5-15 September 1956 at 8pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Devised, Written and Directed by [Pageant Master]: Hummel, Cecile
  • Chairman: Martin Rubeck
  • Vice-Chairman: Alderman H.G. Daniels
  • Programme Production: I. Dickinson
  • Publicity: S. Lysons
  • Deputy Director and Arena Management: C.K. Cacadie
  • Stands and Staging: L.M.S. Mosely
  • Mistress of the Horse: N. Peters
  • Finance: P.A. Phillips
  • Director of Music: Leslie Fowler Assistant Director of Music: Alan Woolgar
  • Sound Control: Michael Chapman
  • Public Transport Arrangements: C. Rayner
  • Box Office Manager: G.G. Simmons
  • General Duties: H.A. Wilkinson
  • Properties: Duncan Avery, Patricia Ashton
  • Lighting: Martin Rubeck
  • Wardrobe Mistresses: Rachel Rundle, Gwen Webb
  • Wigs and Make-Up: Nancy Fisher, Dulcis Todd, Ernest Morris

Names of executive committee or equivalent

Executive Committee

  • Chairman: The Mayor, Alderman Mrs M.A. Hicks
  • Deputy Mayor, G.S. Goodman
  • Hon. Secretary: J.H. Patterson
  • Miss C.M. Hummel
  • Councillor B.L. Bourne
  • Alderman H.G. Daniels, JP, FCA
  • Hon. Treasurer: G.M. Gibbs
  • C.K. Macadie
  • L.M.S. Mosely
  • C. Pearce
  • P.A. Phillips
  • Martin Rubeck
  • G.G. Simmons

Finance Sub-Committee

  • Chairman: P.H. Phillips

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

  • Nelson, Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758–1805) naval officer
  • Charlotte Augusta, Princess [Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales] (1796–1817)
  • Cobbett, William (1763–1835) political writer and farmer
  • Charles II (1630–1685) king of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Musical production


Newspaper coverage of pageant

Book of words


Other primary published materials


Surrey Cavalcade 1956, Reigate. N.P., 1956.

References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of programme in Surrey History Centre, Woking, reference 7523/File 2.

Sources used in preparation of pageant



The Surrey Cavalcade at Reigate Priory was one of a series of pageants on the site, held in 1953, 1956, 1959, and 1963, and one of a number in Surrey written and produced by Cecile Hummel, headmistress of Merstham Grange School. Regarding this pageant, Hummel wrote:

There is enough history of Surrey to make several Pageants. In writing Surrey Cavalcade my difficulty has been to know what to discard. I have tried to travel as far a distance in time and space as possible and to pick out incidents which will dramatise effectively and be sufficiently simple for all to understand. When faced with facts and very little detail I have had to draw on my imagination as to what might have happened.1

In the case of this pageant, the action ranged from the late Roman period to the twentieth century.


  1. ^ Surrey Cavalcade 1956, Reigate (N.P., 1956), unpaginated.

How to cite this entry

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