Performed by members of the Townswomen’s Guild
Place: Weston Village (Bath) (Bath, Somerset, England)
Number of performances: n/a
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Rowe, Rev. Everhard
- Chairman and Costume Maker: Margaret
Bodley (Chair of Townswomen’s Guild)
- Historical Advisor and Author: Mrs
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Begley, Mrs
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
Festival of Britain
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Scene 1. Building of the Via Julia by the Romans
Scene 2. Story of St Alphege
Alphege was the son of a Saxon woman who became the Abbot of Bath and the Archbishop of Canterbury
Scene 3. Crusaders
Scene 4. How Weston became the Property of the Abbey of Bath
Scene 5. The Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1539.
Scene 6. Elizabethan Times
Scene 7. The Battle of Lansdown
Scene 8. The Visit of Queen Anne to Bath
Scene 9. The Napoleonic Wars.
The scene represented the rise in food prices, when Weston became known as the ‘Laundry of Bath’ because women took in the town’s washing due to poverty.
Key historical figures mentioned
- Ælfheah [St Ælfheah, Elphege, Alphege]
(d. 1012) archbishop of Canterbury
- Anne (1665–1714) queen of Great
Britain and Ireland
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
- A Weston Miscellany. Weston, 1999. At 37-8.
Published by Weston Village Townswomen’s Guild.
Archival holdings connected to pageant
Sources used in preparation of pageant
The Weston Pageant was one of many held for the Festival of Britain in 1951 (see, for instance Ewelme, Chippenham and Bedale).The pageant was organised jointly by the Rev. Everhard Rowe and the Weston Village Townswomen’s Guild. Whilst a number of other pageants were assisted by members of the Townswomen's Guild (see Barrow (1967), and St Albans (1968)), Weston's was one of the few which were organized exclusively by them. The pageant was particularly poignant because during the Festival year the village was incorporated, by an act of Parliament, into the City of Bath.1 Bath had cancelled plans for a major pageant to celebrate the Festival despite being one of twenty-three Festival centres given government funding.2
A Weston Miscellany (Weston, 1999), 37-8.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 29 July 1950, 7; 21 October 1950, 1; 16 December 1950, 5.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Weston Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1355/