2000 Years of History: A Pageant of Chester-le-Street

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Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Patricia Sheldon of Newcastle City Library.

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Place: Lumley Castle (Chester-Le-Street) (Chester-Le-Street, Durham, England)

Year: 1967

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 6


26 June – 1 July 1967

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Director [Pageant Master]: Naylor, R.

Names of executive committee or equivalent

  • R. Naylor
  • C. Patterson
  • A.J. Westwell
  • V. Anderson
  • J. Lowis
  • K. Roscoe
  • A. Kennaugh


The pageant was presented by the Restoration Committee of the Parochial Church Council.

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

  • Sarsfield, Mrs N.
  • Harbottle, Mr M.W.
  • Bowman, Mr W.
  • Cook, Mr J.

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Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion

2000th anniversary of Chester-le-Street

Audience information

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


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References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Newcastle City Library holds material relating to this pageant, including a copy of the programme.

Sources used in preparation of pageant



Chester-le-Street celebrated its two thousandth anniversary in 1967. As in many other cases, an historical pageant was felt to be an appropriate addition to the festivities and one duly took place at the end of June that year. Staged in the grounds of Lumley Castle, the pageant was organised in association with the Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert. Presented by the Restoration Committee of the Parochial Church Council, the pageant sought to raise money for the upkeep of the church buildings, the oldest parts of which date back to the eleventh century. It is certain that the close association between the church, the town and the long history of English Christianity loomed large in the pageant narrative, though the more recent past was not neglected: the concluding scene (the 'Present Day') dealt with the impact of coal mining on the local community.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘2000 Years of History: A Pageant of Chester-le-Street’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1603/