Pageants 110

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  1. Pageant of Sport
    Abinger’s previous pageant had been held in 1934 and was famously written by E.M. Forster, a local resident, with music provided and conducted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who had been born in the lo...

  2. Adel Church Octocentenary
    Adel is a small, semi-rural suburb in the north of Leeds, West Yorkshire, which stretches across the River Wharfe. The name comes from its Saxon settlers, Adel or Adele meaning a ‘dirty muddy place...

  3. ‘The Highway’: A Pageant of the Roads
    Old Basing lies in the north-east of Hampshire, a few miles east of the settlement which it spawned and is now eclipsed by—Basingstoke. Old Basing, which goes back to Domesday Book, lay on the Grea...

  4. The Pageant of Abinger
    The Abinger Pageant is probably the most written-about pageant due to the two figures behind its creation, E.M. Forster and Ralph Vaughan Williams. In discussing this pageant, the literature has te...

  5. The Making of Lingfield: A Pageant
    This is an example of one of the pageants that were staged to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. The occasion marked something of a revival of the historical pageant movement, w...

  6. Lilias Day Pageant: The Story of Kilbarchan
    The undoubted success of the historical pageant associated with the Lilias Day celebrations in Kilbarchan in 1933 encouraged a repeat performance in the following year. Revived after a 55-year hiat...

  7. A Pageant of Kimbolton, Depicting the History of the Castle and of the School
    This pageant opened with the Tudor, Stuart and Civil War periods and also contained scenes set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was staged in the grounds of Kimbolton Castle, which had...

  8. Lacock Pageant
    The Lacock Pageant was a further testament to the popularity of village pageants in the inter-war period. It is notable in being a one-act pageant, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the foundi...

  9. 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, ...

  10. A Pageant of Two Parishes: Ingatestone and Fryerning
    This was an example of a village-level pageant held to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was unusual in that it was a pageant of not one, but two, local parishes: Ingatestone and Fryern...

  11. Lilias Day Pageant: The Story of Kilbarchan
    The Lilias Day celebrations in the old weaving village of Kilbarchan dated back to the early eighteenth century, when William Cunninghame of Craigends, chief magistrate of Kilbarchan, gave the name...

  12. Pageant of Saint Laurence
    Though historically themed, religious pageants often followed strikingly different approaches and dramatic methods to their secular counterparts, from the 1909 English Church Pageant through a rang...

  13. Parsons Mead Golden Jubilee 1897-1947: A Pageant of Fifty Years
    There is little information about this pageant, which told the story of Parsons Mead School from its foundation fifty years earlier in 1897. The private girls’ school was established by Jessie Elli...

  14. 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...

  15. The Pitminster and Corfe Pageant
    The Pitminster and Corfe Pageant of 1976 took place in the Church of St Andrew and St Mary, a Grade I listed building constructed around 1300. It was a small event performed only twice, with just 8...

  16. Ye Olde Merstham Pageant, 1220–1720
    Good friends, you’ve come, this summer afternoonTo join us while we try for just one hourTo stay the rushing tide of time, and turn the wheel reverse,To let our minds slip backward through the Cent...

  17. Historical Pageant of Hartshead and Kirklees
    The Historical Pageant of Hartshead and Kirklees was the second of three pageants staged at the site by the Reverend H.N. Pobjoy between 1927 and 1929. As Pobjoy wrote in the introduction to the pa...

  18. Hartshead Pageant of Robyn Hode
    Pageants were great opportunities for those who might charitably be called local enthusiasts—or, less charitably, cranks. The Reverend Harold N. Pobjoy, the Vicar of Hartshead, writer and local his...

  19. Pageant of Headley
    The Festival of Britain was a nationwide effort, organised by the Labour government, to inject some brightness into the austerity of post-war Britain, which was struggling to rebuild itself. It was...

  20. Helmingham Hall Pageant
    Unemployment in West Suffolk peaked in January 1933 with 10692 men and women claiming unemployment benefit (up from around 2000–3000 in 1929); this amounted to 23.4% of the total population.1 The G...