King Edred's Coronation

Pageant type


Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Tim Everson of the Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.

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Place: Canbury Gardens (Kingston Upon Thames) (Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England)

Year: 1946

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 1


8 June 1946

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Pageant Master: Finny, W.E. St Lawrence

Names of executive committee or equivalent


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

  • Finney, W.E. St Lawrence


Finney seems to have acted as pageant master, director and script-writer all in one.

Names of composers

  • Reid, Dr R.G.

Dr R.G. Reid was responsible for the pageant music, though it seems he died before the performance took place. It appears likely that he either composed or arranged the music.

Numbers of performers


Financial information


Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion

  • End of the Second World War.
  • Anniversary of the coronation of king Edred in 946.

Audience information

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


Associated events

Kingston Upon Thames Victory celebrations

Pageant outline

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Eadred [Edred] (d. 955) king of England
  • Oda [St Oda, Odo] (d. 958) archbishop of Canterbury

Musical production


Newspaper coverage of pageant

Newspaper reports are held by Kingston museum and Heritage service, so the performance was certainly covered in the local press.

Book of words


It is not known if a book of words was published, but a transcript of the script is held by Kingston Museum and heritage Service.

Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Kingston Museum and Heritage Service holds a copy of the script, together with newspaper reports and publicity material.

Sources used in preparation of pageant



This historical pageant was part of Kingston's programme of Victory celebrations after the end of the Second World War. Directed by W.E. St Lawrence Finny, it was held outdoors in Canbury Gardens, and seemingly performed once, on 8 June 1946. Accompanied by music devised by Dr R.G. Reid, all the episodes were set in 946, the subject-matter being the coronation of King Edred one thousand years ago. The pageant was thus also associated with the commemoration of an anniversary.

Younger son of the more famous Edward the Elder, Edred (or Eadred) was a tenth-century king of England. He came to the throne in 946, being consecrated by Oda, archbishop of Canterbury, at Kingston Upon Thames in August of that year. The thousandth anniversary of this event was thus an opportunity for the  town to celebrate one of its many connections with national history, and specifically with the crown (site of the coronation of seven Anglo-Saxon monarchs, Kingston is the oldest of the four Royal Boroughs in England).


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘King Edred's Coronation’, The Redress of the Past,