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  1. Old Chiddingford: A Village pageant Play
    This was small-scale village pageant, typical of many of those put on in southern England in the interwar period. It was likely a success, since it was repeated in 1922 and 1923. Its Pageant Master...

  2. Croydon Millenary Pageant
    The Pageant Master of the Croydon Pageant was Christopher Ede, who had distinguished himself at the Pageant of Boston (1951) and Pageant of Guildford (1957). Croydon had previously held a pageant a...

  3. Grand Fancie Fayre: Realistic Representation of “Ye Olde Yorke in Mid-Winter”
    The Grand Fancie Fayre was certainly on a far-more limited scale than the great York Historical Pageant (1909). Whilst its specific time-period was unspecified, we can be reasonably sure that the p...

  4. The Acts of Saint Richard
    The narrative of religious history in twentieth-century Britain has fixated on the roles of secularization and declining church attendance, often at the risk of all else.[1] Callum Brown and S.J.D....

  5. 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...

  6. Duns Historical Pageant
    Nearby Berwick’s Pageant for the Coronation year was cancelled owing to a lack of support.[1] However, the nearby town of Duns on the Scottish border held a pageant as part of its ongoing Reivers F...

  7. Gloucester Historical Pageant
    Gloucester had previously held carnivals with attached pageants with the aim of raising money for the Gloucester Infirmary in 1927 and 1930 in a county that was no stranger to grand pageants, at Ch...

  8. Newick Coronation Pageant
    The small Newick Pageant was one of hundreds held to celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. First mooted in February that year, the Pageant held in June to coincide with Coronation Day w...

  9. Northamptonshire Women’s Institutes’ Fete and Pageant
    Women’s Institute Pageants, often organised at a county level, were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s. The WI already possessed many of the organisational skills which made for succes...

  10. The Pageant of Ixworth Abbey
    The Pageant Master (or Mistress) of the pageant was Bernice de Bergerac, late of the Theatre Anglais, Paris, and the Adelphi and Garrick in London. She had previously written or acted as pageant ma...

  11. International Council of Women Pageant
    Founded in Washington in 1888, the International Council of Women (ICW) was one of the first international women’s organisations, campaigning on women’s rights and leading the battle against gender...

  12. The Masque of the Lady Margaret
    The Women’s Institute Movement first came to Britain from Canada in 1915, and rapidly spread across the country. Bedfordshire villages first took it up towards the end of the Great War, and its ext...

  13. Buckden Towers Aragon Pageant
    Formerly a palace owned by the Bishops of Lincoln, Buckden Towers has hosted a number of prominent figures, including Henry III, Edward I, Richard III and Lady Margaret Beaufort. Its most famous re...

  14. Scarborough Historical Pageant and Play
    ‘The verdict upon Scarborough’s Historical Pageant will be that financially it might have been a greater success; in every other respect it could not have been.’[1] So the Scarborough Mercury repor...

  15. Winchester Pageant
    The Winchester 1934 Pageant deviated from the structure of the overwhelming majority of pageants to focus instead on a single significant historical scene, told at great length and in sumptuous det...

  16. 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...

  17. Dore and Totley Pageant
    The Totley and Dore pageant was one of a number of school and children’s pageants held before the First World War (see for example Tonbridge). Performed by children from the local village schools, ...

  18. 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...

  19. Barton Church Pageant
    This is an example of a church pageant of the late twentieth century. 

  20. Dunstable Pageant
    This seems to have been quite a large-scale pageant, involving about one thousand performers. Held over six days, it seems to have been a success­—since an extra matinee performance was put on at t...