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  1. Pageant of Muncaster
    The pageant held at Muncaster Castle, which was performed by people from the close-by village of Ravenglass, presents a David and Goliath-type story. The much larger nearby town of Whitehaven also ...

  2. Lincoln Cathedral Pageant
    The Lincoln Cathedral Pageant was held to raise funds to repair the cathedral; it was a relatively small-scale affair. Indeed, Lincoln was one of the few cathedral cities to have no major pageant, ...

  3. Somersham Pageant
    The Somersham Pageant came about when the Rev. D’Arcy De Ferrars came to visit his brother, the Rev. M. de Courcy Ireland, Vicar of Somersham, in July 1908. De Ferrars was a figure vital to the rev...

  4. Croston Pageant
    The Croston Pageant was one of hundreds held across the country in celebration of the Festival of Britain in 1951. Like many other Festival pageants, it eschewed a focus on prominent figures—Kings ...

  5. Waifs and Strays Pageant
    The pageant was one of several arranged by the Waifs and Strays Society held around the country, though it seems that different scripts were used for each pageant. The society had previously held p...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. ‘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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. ‘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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...