Old Chiddingford: A Village pageant Play

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Place: Old Chiddingford (Chiddingford) (Chiddingford, Sussex, England)

Year: 1921

Indoors/outdoors: Unknown

Number of performances: 2


22 and 23 June 1921 at 1.30pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Written by [Pageant Master]: Robertson, W. Graham
  • Music Composed by: Thomas F. Dunhill
  • Producer: Mrs Kendall and Lieut-Col. R.E. Ramsden
  • Maypole Dance Arranged by: Mrs. Macklin
  • Costumes by: Mrs Broughton and Mrs Carter
  • Licenced by Lord Chamberlain

Names of executive committee or equivalent


Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)

  • Robertson, W. Graham

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information


Object of any funds raised

All Profits were to go to funds for erecting a village hall

Linked occasion


Audience information

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


Associated events

  • Fun Fair
  • Stalls
  • Exhibition Boxing
  • Physical Exercises
  • Side-Shows
  • Photography
  • Dancing

Pageant outline

Episode 1: The Forest Folk

Episode 2: The Coming of the Priest

Episode 3: The Worm of Wormley Hill and Luck of Hydon Ball [A Faery Masque]

Episode 4: The passing of Richard Peyto, Glassmaker

Episode 5: The Soldiers of Cromwell

Episode 6: The Beacon

Key historical figures mentioned


Musical production

Guildford Symphony Orchestra conducted by Captain Claud Powell

Newspaper coverage of pageant


Book of words

Old Chiddingford: A Village pageant Play. Guildford, 1921.

Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature

  • Historical Pageantry for 100 Years, Get Surrey, 24 June 2005, accessed 23 May 2016, http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/historical-pageantry-for-100-years-4845540

Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of Book of Words and Flyer in Surrey History Centre, Woking, reference CHID/23/36

Sources used in preparation of pageant



This was small-scale village pageant, typical of many of those put on in southern England in the interwar period. It was likely a success, since it was repeated in 1922 and 1923. Its Pageant Master, W. Graham Robertson, went on to direct the Guildford Pageant (1925).


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Old Chiddingford: A Village pageant Play’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1408/