Windsor Children’s Historical Pageant
Place: Grounds of Long Walk House (Windsor) (Windsor, Berkshire, England)
Number of performances: 1
13 July 1911
[The performance was in the afternoon.]
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Director of Pageant [Pageant Master]:
Everett, Rev. Bernard
- Dances Arranged by: Miss Davis, Miss
Cunningham, Miss Hawtrey
- Assistant Producers: Miss Bale, Miss
Murray-Thomson, Miss Pearson, Miss Smith, Mr. R.G. Night
- Costumes: Mrs Bernard Everett, Mrs
Knight, Miss Bale
Names of executive committee or equivalent
- Chairman: Rev. John H. Ellison, Vicar of
- Hon. Treasurer: Mr. R.A. Bosanquet
- Hon. Organising Secretaries: Rev.
Vernard Everett and Mr S.F. Oxley
Patronage of the King and Queen; Her Royal Highness Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Alexander of Teck, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Archbishop of Canterbury, Duke and Duchess of Newcastle, Provost of Eton, Headmaster of Eton
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Everett, Rev. Bernard
- Crum, Reverend J.M.C.
- Anson, Miss
- Fuller, M.
- Street, E.
- Shakespeare, William
- Prologue and Epilogue: Rev. J.M.C. Crum
- Episodes 1, 3: Mrs Bernard Everett
- Ep. 2: Miss Anson
- Ep. 4: Miss M. Fuller
- Ep. 5: E. Street
Names of composers
- Everett, Rev. Bernard
Numbers of performers500
Object of any funds raised
- Grandstand: Not Known
- Grandstand capacity: n/a
- Total audience: n/a
The Queen, the Prince of Wales and other Royal children witnessed a rehearsal (Daily News, 13 July 1911, 5).
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Ballet of the twenty-four hours, Primaeval Man and Woman, the Family
Episode I. Richard I Leaving for the Crusade, 1190
The king in leaving his kingdom deputes Hugh de Puiset and William de Longchamp to act for him (though he has sold these posts to get money for the Crusades): Longchamp is a repulsive-looking dwarf. Before leaving Windsor, the King gives the Church of St John the Baptist of New Windsor to the Abbot and Monks of Waltham. Immediately after his departure, trouble breaks out between the two deputies.
Episode II. Presentation of Charter to Guild of the Holy Trinity, Windsor by Edward I, 1276.
Edward hurries home from Crusades on hearing of the death of his father, stopping to solve a dispute with the Countess of Flanders over a dispute about wool. He goes to war with Wales.
Episode III. Edward III and Queen Philippa entering Windsor after their marriage, 1329
Episode IV. Production of the ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ before Queen Elizabeth, 1593
Episode V. Charles I and Queen at Windsor Fair, 1634
An onion Fair
Key historical figures mentioned
- Richard I [called Richard Coeur de Lion,
Richard the Lionheart] (1157–1199) king of England, duke of Normandy and of
Aquitaine, and count of Anjou
- Berengaria [Berengaria of Navarre]
(c.1165–1230) queen of England, consort of Richard I
- Eleanor [Eleanor of Aquitaine], suo jure
duchess of Aquitaine (c.1122–1204) queen of France, consort of Louis VII,
and queen of England, consort of Henry II
- Baldwin [Baldwin of Forde] (c.1125–1190)
archbishop of Canterbury
- Longchamp, William de (d. 1197) administrator
and bishop of Ely
- Puiset, Hugh du, earl of Northumberland
(c.1125–1195) bishop of Durham
- Edward I (1239–1307) king of England
and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
- Eleanor [Eleanor of Castile] (1241–1290)
queen of England, consort of Edward I
- Edward III (1312–1377) king of
England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
- Philippa [Philippa of Hainault]
(1310x15?–1369) queen of England, consort of Edward III
- Mortimer, Roger (V), first earl of March
(1287–1330) regent, soldier, and magnate
- Chaucer, Geoffrey (c.1340–1400) poet
- Wykeham, William (c.1324–1404) bishop
of Winchester, administrator, and founder of Winchester College and New
- Elizabeth I (1533–1603) queen of
England and Ireland
- Cecil, William, first Baron Burghley (1520/21–1598)
royal minister [Baron Burleigh]
- Sackville, Thomas, first Baron Buckhurst
and first earl of Dorset (c.1536–1608) poet and administrator
- Devereux, Robert, second earl of Essex
(1565–1601) soldier and politician
- Greville, Fulke, first Baron Brooke of
Beauchamps Court (1554–1628) courtier and author
- Shakespeare, William (1564–1616) playwright
- Charles I (1600–1649) king of
England, Scotland, and Ireland
- Henrietta Maria [Princess Henrietta
Maria of France] (1609–1669) queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland,
consort of Charles I
- Laud, William (1573–1645) archbishop
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
- Windsor Children's Historical Pageant 1911 Word Book. Windsor, 1911.
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Copy of Book of Words in Surrey History Centre, Woking 1713/B1/PM/4
Sources used in preparation of pageant
- Shakespeare, William. The Merry Wives of Windsor. .
Act IV, Scene IV and Act V, Scene V were featured.
Children’s pageants were popular from the outset. Some, of course, were staged by schools: one early example was Kingston Grammar School, which put on a pageant to celebrate its six-hundredth anniversary in 1909,1 another was Charterhouse, which in 1911 also used a pageant to mark the anniversary of its foundation.2 Other children’s pageants were not associated with particular schools, and this is an example of one such event (see Berkhamsted 1922). It seems to have been a fairly large-scale and high-profile undertaking, involving five hundred local children and drawing the patronage of the king, queen and other establishment figures. Its focus was very much on the history of the British monarchy—perhaps predictable given the personnel of its supporters and the local context of Windsor. In general, it seems that the crowned heads who featured were presented in a favourable light (though there may have been some implied criticism of Richard I’s selling of offices in the first episode). Again, this is predictable, though the decision to conclude with a scene of Jaocobean rather than Elizabethan merry-making is a striking one. Charles I, the king who lost his head, is the focus of the closing scene, which depicts him and his wife visiting Windsor Fair in 1634. As indeed was the case in many pre-1914 pageants, the Civil War passes unmentioned (its strife suggestive community division rather than cohesion), though here the pro-monarchical emphasis seems particularly strong. Windsor held a pageant of Berkshire Women's Institutes in 1928.
Daily Graphic, 21 July 1909, p. 4.
Ibid., 10 July 1911, p. 5.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Windsor Children’s Historical Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1453/