Legends of Windlesham
Place: Woodside (Windlesham) (Windlesham, Surrey, England)
Number of performances: 1
6 July 1938
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Producer [Pageant Master]: Bosman,
- Scenery Designer: John Eastaugh
- Assistant Scenery Designer: Mr Bishop
- Costumes: Miss Rudd, Miss Adams, Mrs
Cole, Mrs Pittman
- Wireless and Radio-gram provided by: Mr
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Hutton, Lilian
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
In aid of the Windlesham and Valley End Cottage Hospital, and Windlesham Church Vestry Fund
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
[The Pageant welcomed donations]
- Gala Dance at the Institute
- Teas and Raffle
Prologue: Ballet of Water Nymphs, water reeds, gorse and heather.
Act 1. 14th and 15th Century
Scene 1: Death of John, Earl of Kent who leaves his sister Joan, the ‘Fair Maid of Kent’ as heiress to the Manors of Windlesham and Bagshot.
Scene 2: Marriage of Lady Joan to Edward, Black Prince
Act 2. 17th Century
Scene 1: The Drawing up of the Petition sent to Charles II, asking for removal of Red Deer from their land.
Scene 2: The Fire which destroyed the old church of St. John the Baptist, Windlesham.
Act 3. 18th Century.
The arrival of Miss Lowther from Town, followed by her suitors Lord Talbot and Wilkes. A duel is fought on Bagshot Heath. Whilst the duel took place, the reason for it is pure conjecture.
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
- Joan, suo jure countess of Kent, and
princess of Wales and of Aquitaine [called the Fair Maid of Kent] (c.1328–1385)
- Wilkes, John (1725–1797) politician
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
- None noted
Other primary published materials
- Legends of Windlesham. Np. 1938.
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Copy of Programme in Surrey History Centre, Woking, Reference 393/1
Sources used in preparation of pageant
This is an example of a village pageant from the later 1930s (many were held in Surrey especially). It was evidently a small-scale affair, and only performed once—with no charge for entry. Its content did not offer a coherent chronological history of the locale, but rather a series of (largely unconnected) vignettes. It seems likely that many other village pageants took a similar form.
The scenery designer, John Eastaugh, was killed in an accident whilst serving with the RAF in the Middle East in April 1943.1
Surrey Advertiser, 3 April 1943, 5.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Legends of Windlesham’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1475/