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  1. The Barking Historical Pageant
    The Barking Historical Pageant in October 1931 was a hastily organised event, designed to commemorate the granting of a municipal borough charter of incorporation that year. Barking had been trying...

  2. Historical Pageant of Old Barnstaple
    Barnstaple was an ancient town, whose ‘Burh’ or borough status dated back to the early tenth century. Despite its importance as a market town (claimed through a lost pre-conquest charter) and later...

  3. Pageant of a Thousand Years of the Church of Barton, 669 to 1672
    A number of churches and cathedrals held pageants in celebration of key events in their history, including the Clifton Parish Church Centenary, Somerset (1922), Adel Church Octocentenary, West York...

  4. ‘The Highway’: A Pageant of the Roads
    Old Basing lies in the north-east of Hampshire, a few miles east of the settlement which it spawned and is now eclipsed by—Basingstoke. Old Basing, which goes back to Domesday Book, lay on the Grea...

  5. Bath Historical Pageant
    Edwardian Pageants can accurately be said to have followed a domino-effect where a pageant, either in the locality or in a town of similar size, provoked the inception of another—for the sake of ke...

  6. Batley Empire Day Pageant
    An Empire Day celebrated on Queen Victoria’s birthday had been suggested by Reginald Brabazon, the seventh Earl of Meath in 1896, ‘to nurture a sense of collective identity and imperial responsibil...

  7. Grand 1066 Pageant to Commemorate the 900th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings
    The Grand 1066 Pageant to Commemorate the 900th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings was a pageant almost entirely in name only, which shows how wider national commemoration had shifted away from ...

  8. Benfleet Pageant
    This was the first of three pageants held in the small town of Benfleet, Essex, after the Second World War (the others took place in 1953 and 1994). Staged in 1946, the midst of post-war austerity,...

  9. The Queens of England Pageant
    In 1946 a pageant had been staged in the grounds of the vicarage at South Benfleet in Essex, and another – depicting different episodes – was put on during a garden party to celebrate the Coronatio...

  10. Benfleet Pageant
    This was at least the third historical pageant staged in the small Essex town of Benfleet: earlier occasions had been in the vicarage gardens in 1946 and 1953. On this occasion there were nine scen...

  11. East Horsley Pageant
    In the interwar period, village pageants were notably popular in Surrey. This is an example of one such pageant. Staged just once, it was like many such pageants closely associated with the local p...

  12. Rillington Pageant
    In the 1920s, in the small Yorkshire village of Rillington, the Women's Institute based there had a drama section that punched well above its weight. Rillington WI took many prizes for their perfor...

  13. Islington Pageant
    Many boroughs and suburbs of London staged pageants in the interwar period: other examples included Harrow (1923), Walthamstow (1930 and 1934), Wimbledon (1925) and Streatham (1936). Whilst few det...

  14. Reigate Pilgrim’s Pageant 1913
    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 succ...

  15. ‘Wayfarers’: A Children’s Pageant of Local History
    Children’s pageants were held throughout the twentieth century. They were often organized by a local school or schools, as in this example(see also the nearby Elsworth School Pageant (1975)). It is...

  16. Bridgwater Pageant
    ‘For years, it had been the dream of those interested in the town’s past to have a pageant, and this has at last materialised’:[1] so declared the Weston Gazette in witnessing the town’s triumph. T...

  17. Pageant of Cirencester
    The Pageant of Cirencester was one of a number of Pageants held for the Coronation in 1953 (see St Albans, Sandy, and Warwickshire). A number of postwar pageants utilized floodlighting, allowing pe...

  18. ‘The Legends of Harston’
    Village pageants were popular in the interwar period, especially in the south and east of England. This is an East Anglian example. Its content is interesting, since it was concerned not with telli...

  19. Haslingfield Pageant, Two Hundred Years of Village Life, 1360-1560
    ‘By what authority do we urge for support in the production of this Pageant? We answer that it is the History of Haslingfield itself which makes this silent demand for the perpetuation in our memor...

  20. Hastings Pageant
    Though not strictly a pageant, but an opera in pageant form, the Hastings Pageant was referred to as such by name, and was advertised as the ‘Greatest Open-air Show in the South of England’.[1] The...