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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. The Pageant of Abinger
    The Abinger Pageant is probably the most written-about pageant due to the two figures behind its creation, E.M. Forster and Ralph Vaughan Williams. In discussing this pageant, the literature has te...

  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. Gildersome Pageant
    The Gildersome Pageant is an example of an interwar village pageant. As evident from its organisational structure (seven separate committees), it was rather grander in scale and ambition than many ...

  5. A Pageant of Colmonell
    The village of Colmonell is in a particularly remote part of lowland Scotland that is still intensely rural and heavily dependent on local agriculture and forestry for employment. The nearest sizea...

  6. A Pageant of Kimbolton, Depicting the History of the Castle and of the School
    This pageant opened with the Tudor, Stuart and Civil War periods and also contained scenes set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was staged in the grounds of Kimbolton Castle, which had...

  7. The Pitminster and Corfe Pageant
    The Pitminster and Corfe Pageant of 1976 took place in the Church of St Andrew and St Mary, a Grade I listed building constructed around 1300. It was a small event performed only twice, with just 8...

  8. A Pageant of Two Parishes: Ingatestone and Fryerning
    This was an example of a village-level pageant held to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was unusual in that it was a pageant of not one, but two, local parishes: Ingatestone and Fryern...

  9. Laughton Pageant
    Located five miles from Rye and the nearest railway station, and equally far from any major roads, Laughton’s pageant was entirely an internal affair in a small village of several hundred whose pop...

  10. Great Budworth Millennium Pageant
    This pageant was a village celebration and demonstrates the continued interest there was in historical pageantry, and how this manifest around the time of the Millennium. It was said that after 'po...

  11. The Pageant Masque of Anne Boleyn, Blickling Hall
    The Pageant Masque of Anne Boleyn was first staged at Blickling Hall in 1909, shortly after Nugent Monck’s first pageant in Norfolk, which saw his longstanding engagement with the dramatic life of ...

  12. Sutton-in-the-Isle Pageant
    This is an example of a small-scale village pageant of the interwar period. Set in the late fourteenth century, the action is wholly focused on a medieval gild [or guild] fair. Since the pageant wa...

  13. 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...

  14. The Little Pageant of Bedhampton
    The Bedhampton Pageant was one of hundreds held across the country to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II (see, for instance, the entries for pageants at Sandy, Edwinstowe, and Widnes). A nu...

  15. Rillington Pageant
    In the 1920s, in the small Yorkshire village of Rillington, the Women's Institute based there had a drama section that punched well above its weight. Rillington WI took many prizes for their perfor...

  16. Haslingfield Pageant, Two Hundred Years of Village Life, 1360-1560
    ‘By what authority do we urge for support in the production of this Pageant? We answer that it is the History of Haslingfield itself which makes this silent demand for the perpetuation in our memor...

  17. Pageant of Thurlow
    The Pageant of Thurlow was a restaging of the 1938 pageant, back by popular demand: ‘It is being repeated largely because of the requests made by many of those, numbering approximately a thousand, ...

  18. Chittlehampton Pageant
    The pageant consciously echoed a similar pageant which had taken place in 1936, which had likewise told the story of the gruesome martyrdom of Saint Hieritha. As had also been the case on that earl...

  19. 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...

  20. Telescombe Pageant
    Little is known about this pageant, which was evidently a sizeable village pageant (there were about three hundred performers) and organized by Ambroce Gorham, a local village benefactor. A photo a...