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Place: Round about the Windmill, North Common (Chailey) (Chailey, Sussex, England)

Year: 1924

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 2


11 and 14 June 1924 at 5pm.

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Audience information

  • Grandstand: Not Known
  • Grandstand capacity: n/a
  • Total audience: n/a

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

Associated Events

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Pageant outline

I. The Lame Boy guides Alfred into the camp of the Danes.

Alfred the Great. Earls and Aldermen. Serfs and Saxons.

II. A Wounded Goatherd saves Richard I from falling into the hands of the Saracens, 1180.

III. The Signing of the Mise of Lewes, 1264.

Bishop of Winchester. Prior of Lewes, Henry III and Courtiers, Simon de Montfort, Orphans. 

IV. Before the Battle of Crecy

'Showing the part played by the Windmill in bygone days, August 26 1346'.

V. The Battle of Agincourt

VI. Processions from Edmund Spenser’s Fairie Queen

VII. King William III Offers his Palace at Greenwich for Aged and Wounded Seamen

VIII. Showing how King Louis Philippe of France came to Bishopstone

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Edward [Edward of Woodstock; known as the Black Prince], prince of Wales and of Aquitaine (1330–1376) heir to the English throne and military commander
  • Edward III (1312–1377) king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
  • Henry V (1386–1422) king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
  • Neville, Ralph, first earl of Westmorland (c.1364–1425) magnate
  • Elizabeth I (1533–1603) queen of England and Ireland
  • Cecil, William, first Baron Burghley (1520/21–1598) royal minister
  • Spenser, Edmund (1552?–1599) poet and administrator in Ireland
  • William III and II (1650–1702) king of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and prince of Orange
  • Mary II (1662–1694) queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Wren, Sir Christopher (1632–1723) architect, mathematician, and astronomer
  • Pepys, Samuel (1633–1703) naval official and diarist
  • Evelyn, John (1620–1706) diarist and writer

Musical production

Newspaper coverage of pageant

Hull Daily Mail

Book of words


Other primary published materials

  • The Heritage Pageant, Round about the Windmill. Np. 1924.

References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Leatherbound loose-leaf album The Heritage Craft Schools Pageants, East Sussex Records Office, HB/22/1/131/21

Sources used in preparation of pageant

  • Spencer, Edmund, Faerie Queen


There had been pageants at Chailey put on by the Heritage Craft Schools for lame and crippled children in 1919, 1920, and 1922, though these had all been processional.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Heritage Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1269/