Buckden Towers Aragon Pageant

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Place: Buckden Towers (Buckden) (Buckden, Huntingdonshire, England)

Year: 1995

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 2


27–28 May 1995 at 2.30pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Chairman [Pageant Master]: Attree, Marie
  • Vice-Chairman: Betty Daniels
  • Secretary: Mary Wyborn
  • Publicity: Nora Wood
  • Treasurer: John James
  • Co-Ordinator: Michael Kiely

Names of executive committee or equivalent


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

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information


Object of any funds raised

To raise funds to repair Buckden Towers

Linked occasion


Audience information

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


[Under 14s were admitted free]

Associated events

Associated Medieval Fair

Pageant outline

Buckden Towers Aragon Pageant

No information, but the pageant is likely to have focused on scenes from the life of Katherine of Aragon, who was held in Buckden Towers after her divorce from Henry VIII from July 1533 to May 1534.

Key historical figures mentioned

Katherine [Catalina, Catherine, Katherine of Aragon] (1485–1536) queen of England, first consort of Henry VIII

Musical production


Newspaper coverage of pageant


Book of words


Other primary published materials

  • Buckden Towers Aragon Pageant. Boston, 1995.

References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of Programme in Huntingdon Library Local Studies Collection, C76 [PAM]

Sources used in preparation of pageant



Formerly a palace owned by the Bishops of Lincoln, Buckden Towers has hosted a number of prominent figures, including Henry III, Edward I, Richard III and Lady Margaret Beaufort. Its most famous resident/prisoner, however, was Katherine of Aragon, who stayed there in 1533-34 after her divorce from Henry VIII, dying at nearby Kimbolton Castle in 1536 and being buried in Peterborough Cathedral. Buckden had also held an earlier, larger pageant in 1932.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Buckden Towers Aragon Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1526/