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Arundel Historical Pageant
‘Astride mettlesome palfreys, four knights in armour will gallop to fight with lances set and pennons flying just as in the brave days of old—and all for the smiles of a fair lady!’5 The Arundel P...
Grand Pageant of Brighton
There is very little information about this major pageant. It was staged by Patrick Kirwan, who staged major pageants during the 1920s at Harlech (1920), Arundel (1923), Wimbledon (1925), and Bexhi...
Wimbledon Park Pageant and Fair
Pageants in the suburbs of London were popular during the 1920s and 1930s. If interwar London was to be defined by its suburbs, made famous as John Betjeman’s ‘Metroland’, pageants themselves were ...
The Pageant of Harlech Castle
With the exception of the National Pageant of Wales, held in Cardiff (1909), Wales was slow to the pageant form and it took the shock of the First World War to bring pageantry to North Wales. The 1...
Bexhill Historical Pageant
For a town with a very short span of history, Bexhill’s pageant may have seemed presumptuous. It was part of an outbreak of pageant fever on the south coast seaside towns during the 1920s and 1930s...
Pageant of London (South of the Thames)
Staged in the grounds of the Crystal Palace, at Sydenham, this pageant was a celebration of the history of London—but specifically that of south London. This perhaps reflected a feeling that the hi...