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The Pageant of England
If one were in search of England in the 1930s, as so many contemporaries from H.V. Morton to J.B. Priestley to George Orwell seemed to be, one could do worse than head to Slough. The army had set u...
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...
Stanmore Centenary Pageant
The expansion of London, memorably described in H.J. Dyos’ classic study The Victorian Suburb: The Growth of Camberwell (1961)2 was a lengthy, inexorable process, as shown by this pageant. From the...
Wimbledon Park Pageant and Fair
Pageants in the suburbs of London were popular during the 1920s and 1930s. If interwar London was to be defined by its suburbs, made famous as John Betjeman’s ‘Metroland’, pageants themselves were ...