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The Lancashire Cotton Pageant
The Lancashire Cotton Pageant was a large and spectacular affair staged 16 times in the summer of 1932. Because the pageant was focused on cotton, Manchester was a natural home for the event. But i...
National Pageant of Wales
The National Pageant of Wales, which took place in Cardiff in 1909, was almost certainly the first major pageant to be staged in the principality, and remains to this day undoubtedly the largest. W...
The Pageant of Centuries
Buckden Palace was formerly the seat of the Bishops of Lincoln, first constructed sometime in the twelfth century and continually extended, rebuilt and repaired (due to recurring fires) over the ce...
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...
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...
The City of Sheffield Centenary of Incorporation, 1943
As George Calvert Holland wrote of Sheffield in 1843, the year in which its civic status was granted, ‘there are few manufacturing towns that have advanced more rapidly in wealth and population tha...
Preston Historical Pageant
In the north of England in September 1922, all roads led to Preston as it welcomed visitors in their hundreds of thousands to its historic 'Gild [Guild] Festival', held over the second week of the ...
Preston Children's Pageant
Pageantry comes to Preston every twenty years when its ceremonial guild festival is held and street processions, special receptions and all kinds of ceremony attract locals and visitors alike. T...