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  1. Aberystwyth Peace Pageant
    The Aberystwyth and Cardiganshire Peace Pageant of 1935 took place in the ruins of the 13th-century castle. Performed only once, but to a full audience, it was judged an artistic and emotive succes...

  2. The Spirit of Youth
    Held in March 1939 at the Central Hall, Birmingham, this pageant was organised by the Birmingham Union of Girls’ Clubs and the Birmingham and District Federation of Boys’ Clubs. It is an example of...

  3. Halifax Centenary Schools’ Pageant
    Despite the fact that Halifax had been one of the fastest growing places in England in the early nineteenth century, its population increasing from 12000 to 66000 between 1801 and 1871—prompting Ch...

  4. Framlingham Castle Pageant
    The Framlingham Castle Pageant of 1931 was a small-to-medium sized summertime pageant, performed six times to audiences of around 2000 on each occasion. The pageant was first formally suggested at ...

  5. Kingston Church Pageant
    The author of the Kingston Pageant, W.E. St Lawrence Finny, went even further than the great Pageant Master, Louis Napoleon Parker, who famously avoided the Civil War so as not to offend political ...

  6. The Lancashire Cotton Pageant
    The Lancashire Cotton Pageant was a large and spectacular affair staged 16 times in the summer of 1932. Because the pageant was focused on cotton, Manchester was a natural home for the event. But i...

  7. An Historical Pageant of Rugby
    This Pageant was on a relatively small scale, held in a small town in Warwickshire with a population in the 1931 census of 35100. In some respects, smallness was a great boon to the pageant. It was...

  8. Pedlar's Ware
    Although Lancashire is generally thought of as an intensely industrialised part of England, across much of the county many small rural communities persisted throughout the entire industrial era. Th...

  9. Defendamus: A Pageant of Taunton
    The Taunton Pageant was a medium-sized event, much in the mould of the Parkerian style of pageant, performed times in one week in the summer of 1928. Its other title was ‘Defendamus’—the town’s (at...

  10. Berkshire Historical Pageant
    Women’s Institute (WI) Pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were especially successful. Other County WI pageants were held at the following: Norfolk (1...

  11. A Pageant of Streatham (1925)
    The Pageant of Streatham was a small indoor pageant, performed seven times in November 1925. It took place at Streatham Hall, a late Victorian building acquired by St Leonard’s Church earlier in 19...

  12. Northwich Pageant: the Queen's Heritage
    The detail of this pageant, which took place in the Cheshire town of Northwich during the period of austerity following World War II, remains stubbornly opaque. It is almost certain that it was mai...

  13. Coronation Pageant
    Press coverage for this pageant has not been consulted; but it seems likely that it was an event that only attracted attention in the immediate locality. Given the number of celebrations, including...

  14. Preston Historical Pageant
    In the north of England in September 1922, all roads led to Preston as it welcomed visitors in their hundreds of thousands to its historic 'Gild [Guild] Festival', held over the second week of the ...

  15. 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...

  16. St Paul’s Steps
    How much did spectators actually get out of pageants? Did people in the cheapest seats at the pageant, who most likely did not buy a programme or book of words, particularly those whose grip on his...

  17. The Pageant of Thornhill
    The Pageant of Thornhill was an elaborate example of a post-war village pageant. It was one of the last pageants performed in West Yorkshire after the fiasco of the Bradford Centenary Pageant (1947...