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  1. 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...

  2. Pageant of Rushden
    Though based on the Southbank of London, home of the famous ‘Skylon’, the 1951 Festival of Britain sought to have an impact across the regions through local exhibitions, concerts and events.4 The F...

  3. Salford Historical Pageant
    The pageant of Salford defied the dire times that existed in 1930 and exceeded all expectations of success. The economic downturn had affected industry badly in this part of the north of England an...

  4. An Oxfordshire Historical Pageant
    The rural nostalgia of the interwar period reflected a pervasive anxiety that something important was being irretrievably lost.2 Some three years before the performance of the Oxfordshire Pageant, ...

  5. 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...

  6. Stoke-on-Trent Historical Pageant
    The Stoke-on-Trent Historical Pageant was one of the main features of a large and ambitious event staged to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of its favourite son and pioneering potter, Josi...

  7. The Pevensey Pageant
    Taking place in 1908 in the ruins of the Castle, the Pevensey Historical Pageant was also a pageant of Sussex. While the episodes focused on Pevensey, it was only a small village of around four hun...

  8. The Pickering Pageant (or Historical Play)
    Pageants were very popular in the North Riding of Yorkshire, as in other parts of the country, before the First World War. Thirsk staged a ‘historical play’ in 1907;  York in 1909; and Scarborough ...

  9. Reading Historical Pageant
    Jonathan Rose argues that the Edwardian period did not suffer instantaneous death on Flanders Field but rather lingered on into the post-war period, finally succumbing only in the mid-1920s.3 The R...

  10. Ripley in Olden Days, a Historical Pageant Play
    As preparations for the pageant got underway in early 1930, the Yorkshire Evening Post remarked that ‘Few villages in Yorkshire are better known than Ripley. As it is to-day, so it was yesterday, a...

  11. Lancaster Pageant
    The Lancaster Pageant was a somewhat late addition to the bout of pageant fever that swept England in the early part of the twentieth century. Being so far north probably accounts for this tardines...

  12. Lancaster Historical Pageant
    The pageant held in 1930 was the second great civic pageant undertaken by Lancaster under Harold Hastings' direction, the first being in 1913. In the preface to the book of words, the pageant maste...

  13. The Manchester Historical Pageant
    The Manchester Historical Pageant of 1926 was the first major pageant held in the city, staged as part of wider Civic Week celebrations. The pageant was performed only twice, the second time being ...

  14. The Red Rose of Lancaster: A Dream Pageant of the Olden Days
    This small-scale performance demonstrates that the dramatic format of historical pageantry had not developed in such a way that it became the province only of larger centres of population. The smal...

  15. Liverpool 700th Anniversary Pageant
    In reviewing the Liverpool pageant, one contemporary news piece somewhat churlishly pointed out that Liverpool was 'a grimy city', though it also added that there might be 'romance under its grime'...

  16. The Pageant of London
    The Pageant of London was the main attraction of the Festival of Empire at Crystal Palace in 1911. Undoubtedly the largest and most ambitious pageant of the Edwardian period, if not the whole twent...

  17. Berkshire Historical Pageant
    Women’s Institute (WI) Pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were especially successful. Other County WI pageants were held at the following: Norfolk (1...

  18. Bradford Centenary Pageant
    The previous Bradford Pageant, held in 1931, had continuously flirted with disaster, from torrential rains to Communist opposition to a militant weavers’ strike, which had forced the organizers to ...

  19. The York Pageant
    Louis Napoleon Parker, the acknowledged inventor of modern historical pageantry, chose to end his career as a pageant master in 1909. His final performance as a director of a large-scale pageant wa...