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  1. Bristol: Cradle of Empire
    The 1924 Bristol Pageant was dogged both by bad luck and hubris. The event made major losses and proved a sore reminder that, despite Bristol’s perceived historical place as ‘Cradle of Empire’, its...

  2. ‘Flame of Freedom’
    Religious pageants, both by Anglican and nonconformist churches, reached their heyday in the interwar period. Paradoxically, this development accompanied a major stagnation in overall religious obs...

  3. The House of Bethel Centenary Pageant of Their Church and Its Times
    The House of Bethel – also known as St George Methodist Church – was founded in 1858, and it seems that as many as 200 people were involved as performers in the pageant that marked its centenary. I...

  4. A Pageant of College Green
    The Bristol Folk House was, and is, the oldest education centre in Bristol, established in 1887 on Deanery Road as part of a Baptist Mission in Lower College Green, a working-class area of the Bris...

  5. Pageant of Great Women, Bristol
    The Pageant of Great Women had premiered at the Scala, London, in 1909. After its phenomenal success there, raising the profile of women’s suffrage groups, it toured many provincial cities, reachin...

  6. Pilgrims to the Sunrise
    Religious pageants, both by Anglican and nonconformist churches, reached their heyday in the interwar period. Paradoxically, this accompanied a major stagnation in overall religious observance and ...

  7. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1999
    In Arbroath, during the second half of the twentieth century, the performance of a pageant had become part of the tradition of the town. A number of factors had influenced the urge to carry on enac...

  8. Army Pageant
    The Army Pageant, London, was a major and ambitious spectacle, performed 21 times in the summer of 1910. It was a leviathan effort in all respects, but did not seem to make a profit—and was, as suc...

  9. A Vision of Empire
    ‘A Vision of Empire’ was commissioned by the Daily Express in 1932 as part of the annual Empire Day celebrations. It was written to be a short pageant of only 30 minutes, conducted at ‘lightning sp...

  10. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1967 was a small local event, staged to celebrate the opening of the A371 Axbridge Bypass. Despite a fairly general lack of historical pageantry in the 1960s, it inspired a ...

  11. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1970 was the second performance of the same event staged three years previously, seemingly spurred on by its success. It was timed to coincide with the signing of the town’s...

  12. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1980 was the third outing of the event, again using the 1967 script of Chris Cowap, with some new additions. Anne Griffiths, a drama teacher, was the director.6 It was, at t...

  13. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1990 was the fourth outing for the original performed in 1967, and even bigger and more popular than the previous three (see entries for 1967, 1970, 1980). It followed on fr...

  14. The Axbridge Pageant 2000
    The Axbridge Pageant of 2000 was the fifth outing for the event first staged in 1967 to commemorate the opening of the A371 Axbridge bypass. Again the pageant was performed three times, though with...

  15. Axbridge Pageant 2010
    The Axbridge Pageant of 2010 was the sixth outing for the event first staged in 1967 to commemorate the opening of the A371 Axbridge bypass. As had been the case for some time, the Axbridge Pageant...

  16. The Pageant of Ayr 1202-1952
    This centenary pageant celebrated 750 years of Royal Burgh status, a civic pedigree which Ayr had long flaunted alongside its standing as the cradle of the national bard and the stamping ground of ...

  17. The Chipping Sodbury Pageant
    The Chipping Sodbury Pageant was a small pageant staged four times in south Gloucestershire in summer 1935. It was produced and mostly written by Cicely Bedford, who had been producing plays since ...

  18. Clackmannan Historical Pageant, 1249-1949
    Clackmannan was traditionally the county town of its shire until industrial expansion in the early nineteenth century caused the nearby town of Alloa, which had access to the Firth of Forth, to gro...

  19. Historical Pageant of Claverley and Its Neighbourhood
    The village of Claverley lies at the extreme east of the county of Shropshire on a road some ten miles from Wolverhampton and around four miles from Bridgnorth. In 1931 its population was 1215, thi...

  20. Clifton Parish Church Centenary Pageant
    There had been a church on the site in Clifton Parish, to the north of the centre of Bristol, since 1154 AD. During the early nineteenth century, Clifton became a fashionable area of Bristol. In th...