‘A Goodly Heritage’

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Place: DeTillens Lane Field (Limpsfield) (Limpsfield, Surrey, England)

Year: 1933

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 2


28–29 June 1933

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Author and Producer [Pageant Master]: Williams, Melville
  • Costumes: Joan Kislingbury, Elaine Connell and Mary Williams
  • Sound Effects: John R. Ferguson
  • Researcher: W.F. Mumford

Names of executive committee or equivalent

  • Chairman: Charles Steer, Rector of Limpsfield

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

  • Williams, Melville

Names of composers


Numbers of performers

95 - 105

Financial information


Object of any funds raised

In aid of the Church Fund

Linked occasion

600th Anniversary of the Limpsfield Parish Church

Audience information

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

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


Associated events

A commemorative service held straight after the Pageant

Pageant outline

Scene I. Mount Olivet. Immediately after the Ascension

Scene II. Tidy and Knight

Scene III. Nicholas de Taunton and the Archdeacon

Scene IV. Sir William Gresham and Bailiff

Scene V. George Harding and Nicholas de Taunton make merry.

Scene VI. The Parish Council Meeting


Scene VII. Joe and Ben gossip about things which have happened in the village, 1900.

Scene VIII. Procession of Actors to St. Peter’s Church

Key historical figures mentioned


Musical production

Violin played by Vera Godson

Newspaper coverage of pageant

Surrey Mirror

Book of words


Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant


Sources used in preparation of pageant



Village pageants were notably popular in interwar Surrey (see Merstham (1920) and Tatsfield (1938)). This example was held in association with the six-hundredth anniversary of the parish church, or at any rate the induction of Nicholas de Taunton, its first-known rector. The focus of the pageant was very much on local parish history.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘‘A Goodly Heritage’’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1494/