Free Churches Pageant
Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Chesterfield Library, Local Studies Department.
Place: Bradbury Hall (Chesterfield) (Chesterfield) (Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England)
Number of performances: 1
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Producer [Pageant Master]: Mellor, Mr H.
- Stage Manager: Thomas H. Jensen
- Lighting Director: Mr F.J. Halstead
- Singing directed by: Mariya Baker
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Percival, G.
The Rev. G. Percival wrote the pageant script.
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
1951 Festival of Britain.
Key historical figures mentioned
The singing was directed by Miss Mariya Baker
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Chesterfield Library, Local Studies Department holds an (?undated) newspaper cutting with a photograph of the pageant cast.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
A great many historical pageants were staged up and down the country in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. These took various forms, from large-scale civic events to smaller performances staged on village greens and in parish halls. Churches and religious groups were involved in some of these pageants, and this is one such example. Held at Bradbury Hall, Chesterfield, the two and a half hours-long Free Churches Pageant dealt with the history of British Protestant Nonconformity. Spanning six hundred years of history, the story told in the various episodes culminated with the establishment of the National Free Church Federal Council in 1939.
The event seems to have benefited from significant civic backing: the mayor and mayoress of the town—as well as members of the town council—were present as invited guests at the performance.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Free Churches Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1551/