Reigate Pilgrim’s Pageant 1913

Pageant type

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Place: No Information (Reigate) (Reigate, Surrey, England)

Year: 1913

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 1


31 May 1913

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Pageant Master: Calistri, P.F.

Names of executive committee or equivalent

Executive Committee

  • Vice-Presidents: Col. Rawson, MP and E.C.P. Hull
  • Chairman: Rev. F.C. Davies
  • Hon. Secretary: C.E. Salmon
  • Hon. Treasuer: H.R. Schon
  • H. Budgen, L.W. Chub, C. Chumley, J.B. Crosfield, Rev. W. Earle, T.H.L. Grosvenor, E. Duckinfield Jones, Miss Nevinson, Miss E.S. Nevinson, E. Poland, A Trower, H. Rosling, H. Sewill, W.H. Seth Smith, S.M. Spink, Dr. H.S. Stone

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

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information


Object of any funds raised

Reigate and Redhill Open Spaces and Footpaths Preservation Society campaign for the preservation of Colley Hill

Linked occasion


Audience information

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


Associated events


Pageant outline

Episode I 1200-1250

Episode II. 1250-1300

Episode III. 1300-1350

Episode IV. 1350-1400

Episode V. 1400-1450

Episode VI. 1450-1500

Surrey Mirror Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser

Key historical figures mentioned


Musical production


Newspaper coverage of pageant

Surrey Mirror
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser

Book of words

Reigate Pilgrim’s Pageant 1913, 31 May 1913. Redhill Junction, 1913.

Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • The British Library holds one copy of the book of words.

Sources used in preparation of pageant



Society launched a ‘shilling fund’ with the aim of preserving Colley Hill, an open space near Reigate in Surrey. This pageant was part of the society’s fundraising effort, which was ultimately successful. Sufficient money having being found to purchase the land, it was dedicated to the National Trust by Viscount Curzon, the former Viceroy of India, in a public ceremony in May 1913.1 It seems that in addition to a dramatic performance, the pageant involved a procession by the cast along part of the route of the Pilgrim’s Way. Appropriately enough, a Chaucerian theme was in evidence.

Reigate was one of the great pageant towns, holding subsequent ventures in 1933, 1935, 1937195319561959, and 1963.


1. ^ Paul Readman, ‘Preserving the English Landscape’, Cultural and Social History, 5 (2008),  203.

How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Reigate Pilgrim’s Pageant 1913’, The Redress of the Past,