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  1. Chester Historical Pageant
    In the foreword to the Official Souvenir Book of the pageant, the Master of the Pageant, George Hawtrey, claimed that: ‘Of all the cities in England there is none that binds the life of to-day so c...

  2. Chester Historical Pageant
    The historical pageant held in Chester in 1910 had been one of the great pageant extravaganzas held in England during the Edwardian era. A generation later, and in very different times, Chester dec...

  3. Bristol Civic Pageant
    This pageant was first mooted in February 1946 as part of the town’s celebrations of the first anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in July. It was also a key part of Bristol’s first post-war...

  4. Pageant of Farnham
    The Pageant of Farnham was the first of many pageants devised by Neville Lovett (the future Bishop of Salisbury and Portsmouth). It was held to repay some of the debts on the Church House (now Vine...

  5. George Herbert Tercentenary
    Pageants often attracted a range of eminent writers, poets, historians and other ‘literary types’. Examples include the historian Charles Oman in the 1907 Pageant of Oxford; the writer Arthur Quill...

  6. Dornoch Historical Pageant: Tercentenary Celebrations
    Given that Dornoch is one of Scotland's smallest burgh towns, and situated in the Highlands, this pageant made quite a big splash, at least for a while. The reason for this was the involvement of n...

  7. The Dover Pageant
    Dover’s staging of a historical folk-play in 1908 was a nationally important and spectacular example of an Edwardian town gripped by ‘pageantitis’. Directed by the original master himself, Louis Na...

  8. Bramshill Park Historical Pageant
    This pageant was held in the grounds of Bramshill House in Hampshire, and is an example of the many small pageants held in and around great country estates in the interwar period. Perhaps appropria...

  9. Bridport Royal Charter Pageant
    The Bridport Pageant, or ‘Bridport Through the Ages’, was a medium-sized event, consisting of eight episodes, 1300 performers and six performances—impressive considering Bridport was only a small t...

  10. Lady Godiva Procession and Pageant
    Pageantry was an ancient tradition in Coventry, dating back to medieval times. The comparatively recent Godiva Procession, to commemorate Lady Godiva’s famous ride through the town during the eleve...

  11. Pageant of Gloucestershire
    The Gloucestershire Historical Pageant was performed ten times to large audiences in July 1908. Over 2500 local amateur performers took part. It was, in all ways, a classic Edwardian pageant, drawi...

  12. Pageant of Birmingham
    The Birmingham 1938 Civic Pageant was one of the largest pageants ever held in Britain, designed to eclipse civic and national rivals at Runnymede in 1934 (also directed by Gwen Lally) and Manchest...

  13. The History of Boldre
    The Women’s Institute (WI) was extremely active in the interwar pageant movement. Although responsible for some very large-scale pageants, such as that held in Warwick in 1930, the WI also staged a...

  14. The Barking Historical Pageant
    The Barking Historical Pageant in October 1931 was a hastily organised event, designed to commemorate the granting of a municipal borough charter of incorporation that year. Barking had been trying...

  15. Leeds Tercentenary Children’s Pageant
    Happy is the country which has no history, says a celebrated epigram; but there has never been a community, big or little, which was willing to congratulate itself on this kind of felicity. The say...

  16. Northampton Festival Trades Exhibition, Carnival and Pageant
    ‘To be content to live upon past history and achievement is a real temptation to individuals and communities alike. Well might we say, the historical associations of our Town and County richly ador...

  17. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Historical Pageant
    The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Historical Pageant took place in June 1935, in Wollaton Park. According to a correspondent writing in the Nottingham Guardian, the city’s effort was inspired by L...

  18. Nottingham Quincentenary Pageant
    The Nottingham Quincentenary Pageant was a key attraction of city-wide anniversary celebrations of the 1449 charter granted by King Henry VI. It took place in the Nottingham Ice Stadium, an indoor ...

  19. Oxford Historical Pageant
    The Oxford Historical Pageant of 1907 was a major civic event, and took place in the grounds of Magdalen College. Despite being wholly a part of the initial outburst of pageant fever, it was one of...

  20. The Pageant of Newark
    The Pageant of Newark was first proposed in July 1935 by Douglas P. Blatherwick, a local writer of plays and music, at a Town Hall meeting chaired by the Mayor, P.J.C. Staniland. From the beginning...