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  1. Adel Church Octocentenary
    Adel is a small, semi-rural suburb in the north of Leeds, West Yorkshire, which stretches across the River Wharfe. The name comes from its Saxon settlers, Adel or Adele meaning a ‘dirty muddy place...

  2. Princess Came to Scotland: Being a Pageant-play of St Margaret
    There is very little information about this pageant.

  3. The Bradstone Pageant
    The Bradstone Pageant of 1929 was a small event staged by Mary Kelly, the influential founder of the Village Drama Society. Also involved in the production of the pageant was Arthur Quiller-Couch, ...

  4. ‘Flame of Freedom’
    Religious pageants, both by Anglican and nonconformist churches, reached their heyday in the interwar period. Paradoxically, this development accompanied a major stagnation in overall religious obs...

  5. Light Over England Historical Pageant
    The vast majority of pageants included scenes highlighting the importance of the Christian religion to a place or people, and also to the development of the English nation. Yet, for all that religi...

  6. A Grand Pageant Fayre
    In 1935, the Waifs and Strays Society (founded in London in 1881) looked after 4800 children in 106 homes across England and Wales. The Society's branch in Lancashire was established in 1890 with a...

  7. Preston Parish Church: A Pageant
    In 1955, the vicar of St John's parish church in Preston stated that: When William the Conqueror's Commissioners came to survey the region of Amounderness there can be no reasonable doubt that they...

  8. A Pageant of the Church in Colne
    In a year when pageants, organised by numerous organisations as well as municipal authorities, abounded across the whole of the British Isles, the town of Colne in Lancashire had the distinction of...

  9. Ely Cathedral Millennium Pageant
    The Ely Cathedral Pageant was one of a number of pageants held to coincide with the millennium. Others were held in Cranford and Axbridge. John Inge, the then vice-dean of Ely Cathedral wrote in th...

  10. Northumbrian Pageant
    The Northumbrian Pageant was held with the express purpose of raising money for a Church of England scheme in Newcastle. The fund was aimed at women, specifically those whose status was described a...

  11. Aberford Parish Church Grand Pageant
    The Aberford Coronation Pageant, held to celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II, was one of hundreds of such ventures across the country (see entries for, e.g., Burnley, Lancaster, Ingatestone an...

  12. The Albury Pageant
    Small-scale village and church pageants were still occasional features of local community life in the 1990s; this is an example. It is perhaps worth pointing out that Surrey showed particular enthu...

  13. Lincoln Cathedral Pageant
    The Lincoln Cathedral Pageant was held to raise funds to repair the cathedral; it was a relatively small-scale affair. Indeed, Lincoln was one of the few cathedral cities to have no major pageant, ...

  14. Walpole Old Chapel Tercentenary Pageant
    Nonconformist religious groups were notably active in the pageant movement. This is a post-Second World War example from Walpole in Suffolk, which was put on by members of local Congregational chur...

  15. Tatsfield Church Pageant
    This was a very small church pageant. Its main claim to fame was that its cast included two members of the great Liberal dynasty, the Bonham-Carters: Margaret and Rosemary. Small though it was, how...

  16. Free Churches 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 performance...

  17. The Golden Chain
    Derby was no stranger to historical pageants in the early post-war years: pageants had been staged there in 1946, 1948 and 1949. In 1950 'The Golden Chain' was performed in St Paul's School hall to...

  18. Merched Anrhydedd
    Merched Anrhydedd was a small pageant staged in the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel in Morfa Nefyn. The pageant was performed once, on 6 February 1958. It seems to have been performed in Welsh: its ti...

  19. The House of Bethel Centenary Pageant of Their Church and Its Times
    The House of Bethel – also known as St George Methodist Church – was founded in 1858, and it seems that as many as 200 people were involved as performers in the pageant that marked its centenary. I...

  20. A Pageant of Ecclesfield
    Pageants focused on parish churches and their histories continued to be a feature of cultural life in the English countryside after the Second World War. This is an example of one such pageant, hel...