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  1. Pageant of the Black Prince
    Trematon Castle was built around 1240, with a gatehouse added by Edward in 1350.[1] The pageant reverberates with the anxiety over war, shown through the Fortune Teller’s prediction of battleships ...

  2. Old Chiddingford: A Village pageant Play
    This was small-scale village pageant, typical of many of those put on in southern England in the interwar period. It was likely a success, since it was repeated in 1922 and 1923. Its Pageant Master...

  3. Croydon Millenary Pageant
    The Pageant Master of the Croydon Pageant was Christopher Ede, who had distinguished himself at the Pageant of Boston (1951) and Pageant of Guildford (1957). Croydon had previously held a pageant a...

  4. Grand Fancie Fayre: Realistic Representation of “Ye Olde Yorke in Mid-Winter”
    The Grand Fancie Fayre was certainly on a far-more limited scale than the great York Historical Pageant (1909). Whilst its specific time-period was unspecified, we can be reasonably sure that the p...

  5. The Acts of Saint Richard
    The narrative of religious history in twentieth-century Britain has fixated on the roles of secularization and declining church attendance, often at the risk of all else.[1] Callum Brown and S.J.D....

  6. The Little Pageant of Bedhampton
    The Bedhampton Pageant was one of hundreds held across the country to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II (see, for instance, the entries for pageants at Sandy, Edwinstowe, and Widnes). A nu...

  7. Duns Historical Pageant
    Nearby Berwick’s Pageant for the Coronation year was cancelled owing to a lack of support.[1] However, the nearby town of Duns on the Scottish border held a pageant as part of its ongoing Reivers F...

  8. Gloucester Historical Pageant
    Gloucester had previously held carnivals with attached pageants with the aim of raising money for the Gloucester Infirmary in 1927 and 1930 in a county that was no stranger to grand pageants, at Ch...

  9. Newick Coronation Pageant
    The small Newick Pageant was one of hundreds held to celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. First mooted in February that year, the Pageant held in June to coincide with Coronation Day w...

  10. Northamptonshire Women’s Institutes’ Fete and Pageant
    Women’s Institute Pageants, often organised at a county level, were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s. The WI already possessed many of the organisational skills which made for succes...

  11. White Castle Pageant
    There is unfortunately little information about this interesting early, and sizeable, Welsh pageant beyond the book of words, although there may well be significant press coverage in local Newport ...

  12. Co-operative Century: a Pageant Play of the People (Tamworth)
    The opening night of the Tamworth Co-Operative Pageant was one of ‘150 such ‘first nights’ all over the country’,[1] with similar performances of the pageant being staged from Plymouth to Sheffield...

  13. Tomorrow: A Pageant of Youth
    Tomorrow: A Pageant of Youth was one of a number of pageants held in Sheffield during the 1940s by Lawrence Du Garde Peach: others included the Sheffield Centenary Pageant (1944), the Co-operative ...

  14. Helmsley Festival Pageant
    In the days before the pageant at Helmsley Castle opened press commentary noted that there was hardly a person in the eponymous town, which in 1951 had a population of around 1300, who had not 'don...

  15. Sheffield Pageant of Peace
    In the summer months of 1919, a number of ‘Peace Pageants’ were performed throughout the country. The first of these pageants was staged in Nottinghamhttp://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/11...

  16. A Pageant of Basingstoke History
    The 1951 Festival of Britain—which above all sought to revive the mood of a Britain dogged by seemingly never-ending austerity and rationing—was a late hurrah for the spirit of pageantry in a world...

  17. Combe Pageant
    Combe was one of a number of pageants held in the West Country during the interwar period. The Rev. G. de Y. Aldridge, who played St Nicholas and wrote the book of words, employed the services of t...

  18. A Pageant of Bristol and the West
    Bristol’s was the last major pageant held before the First World War and there was a distinct feeling that the place had come late to the party—after major West Country pageants at Sherborne, Bath,...

  19. Burnham-on-Sea Pageant
    Women’s Institutes Pageants were extremely popular during the interwar period. This is one of the smaller ones, of which the Wells Journal remarked that ‘The work of the Women’s Institutes was show...

  20. These Names Live: Play-Pageant for the Quartercentenary of the Crypt School, Gloucester 1539-1939
    This is an example of a small indoor pageant (a ‘Play-Pageant’) of the interwar period. It was held to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Crypt School by local benefactors J...