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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. ‘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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. ‘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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Telescombe Pageant
    Little is known about this pageant, which was evidently a sizeable village pageant (there were about three hundred performers) and organized by Ambroce Gorham, a local village benefactor. A photo a...

  12. The Pageant of Thornhill
    The Pageant of Thornhill was an elaborate example of a post-war village pageant. It was one of the last pageants performed in West Yorkshire after the fiasco of the Bradford Centenary Pageant (1947...

  13. Festival of Cycling Pageant
    The 1951 Festival of Britain was the occasion for many historical pageants (see Coventry and Wollaston), of which the Festival of Cycling Pageant was certainly one of the more unconventional. Most ...

  14. Folk Dance Pageant
    Folk song and dance was often used in historical pageants, though this is the only pageant devoted exclusively to it. The English folk revival—spearheaded by Cecil Sharp, Mary Neal and others—suppl...

  15. Pageant of the Church Beyond the Seas
    Surrey was a pageant hot-spot in the interwar period—at least as far as smaller-scale pageants were concerned. This is an example of one such pageant. Performed by local schoolchildren in Farnham P...

  16. Church History Pageant, Great Bookham
    Churches were involved in the pageant movement from the outset. For parish churches like St Nicolas, in Great Bookham, pageants offered a means of celebrating the long continuities of Christian wor...

  17. Coronation Pageant: the Tree Grows
    Stannington Sanatorium was the UK's first purpose-built hospital for children suffering from tuberculosis and was opened in 1907, funded by a local charity.[1] The hospital was given over to the ju...

  18. Legends of Windlesham
    This is an example of a village pageant from the later 1930s (many were held in Surrey especially). It was evidently a small-scale affair, and only performed once—with no charge for entry. Its cont...

  19. Mrs. Leeds 1850-1950: A survey of a Century
    The perhaps curiously-named ‘Mrs Leeds’ was not in fact a so-called pageant of pulchritude or beauty pageant which became popular in the inter and post-war periods. Along with the youth pageant Her...

  20. Esher Historical Pageant and Fete
    Surrey saw numerous village pageants in the interwar period. Although only a one-day affair, the Esher Pageant of 1932 was one of the more elaborate of these (see, for instance, Abinger (1934) and ...