Oundle Road Baptist Church Peterborough Centenary Pageant

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Place: Oundle Road Church (Peterborough) (Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England)

Year: 1958

Indoors/outdoors: Indoors

Number of performances: 1


18 April 1958, at 7.30pm.

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Written and Produced by [Pageant Master]: Doyle, Mrs A.C.
  • Producer: Mrs F. Kennelly
  • Stage Manager: Mr E. Vinter, assisted by Mr A. Garner
  • Costumes: Miss G. Apthorpe

Names of executive committee or equivalent


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

  • Doyle, Mrs A.C. 

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information


Object of any funds raised

For the modernisation of the schoolroom

Linked occasion


Audience information

  • Grandstand: No
  • Grandstand capacity: n/a
  • Total audience: n/a

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

Free but with a retiring collection

Associated events

Special celebratory services and a supper.

Pageant outline

Scene 1. A Sunday Morning at New Fletton, 1855

Scene 2. 1858 – Opening of First Baptist Chapel in Oundle Road

Scene 3. The Home of Mr and Mrs Smith

Scene 4. 1858 – The Sunday School

Scene 5.

a. Church Meeting at Queen Street Baptist Church, 1886
b. A further Church Meeting, 1898    

Scene 6. View outside the new Baptist Chapel in George St, 1900

Scene 7. Sitting Room of Mr and Mrs Smith

Scene 8. Children coming out of Sunday School. Band of Hope. Christian endeavour society.

Scene 9. Women’s Own Formed – 1909.

Scene 10. Church Meeting at George St. 1925

Scene 11. View outside George St. Chapel

Scene 12. Girls’ Life Brigade; Boys’ Brigade; Life Boys; Men’s Fellowship

Scene 13. Stone-laying ceremony of new Baptist Church in Oundle Road – July 1936

Scene 14. Opening of new church, May 1937.

Scene 15. Procession

Scene 16. War-time Scene: Warden’s Post at Rear of Hall

Scene 17. Over sixties club and youth club

Scene 18. Dedication of new organ at the church

Scene 19. Business Women’s Fellowship

Scene 20. Finale.

Key historical figures mentioned


Musical production


Newspaper coverage of pageant


Book of words

None noted

Other primary published materials

  • Oundle Road Baptist Church Peterborough Centenary 1958: Depicting the History of the Church 1858-1958. Peterborough, 1958.

References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of Programme in Huntingdon Archives, Reference FR 20/8/4

Sources used in preparation of pageant



Nonconformist religious groups were notably active in the pageant movement. This is an example of a pageant held in association with a Baptist church in Peterborough. Other Baptist pageants were held at ???. It was a very small affair, and performed just once. Its focus was entirely on the history of the church, the centenary of which the pageant was celebrating.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Oundle Road Baptist Church Peterborough Centenary Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1460/