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  1. Bristol Civic Pageant
    This pageant was first mooted in February 1946 as part of the town’s celebrations of the first anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in July. It was also a key part of Bristol’s first post-war...

  2. Bristol: Cradle of Empire
    The 1924 Bristol Pageant was dogged both by bad luck and hubris. The event made major losses and proved a sore reminder that, despite Bristol’s perceived historical place as ‘Cradle of Empire’, its...

  3. The Barking Historical Pageant
    The Barking Historical Pageant in October 1931 was a hastily organised event, designed to commemorate the granting of a municipal borough charter of incorporation that year. Barking had been trying...

  4. Bath Historical Pageant
    Edwardian Pageants can accurately be said to have followed a domino-effect where a pageant, either in the locality or in a town of similar size, provoked the inception of another—for the sake of ke...

  5. St Albans Pageant 1953: A Masque of the Queens
    Having staged a pageant during the height of Edwardian ‘pageant fever’ in 1907, as well as one of the early post-war pageants in 1948, St Albans did it for the third time during the Coronation cele...

  6. Shropshire Historical Pageant
    The Shropshire Pageant, held in the same season as the Runnymede Pageant, managed to combine a grandeur and spectacle of performance with a distinctive local feel, eschewing the more generic visits...

  7. St Albans Millenary Pageant
    The Millenary Pageant of 1948 was the second time a historical pageant had been staged in St Albans. The first was in 1907, during the wave of ‘pageant fever’ that swept Britain before the First Wo...

  8. Pageant Play at Portchester Castle
    The foreword to the Book of Words, written by Neville Lovett, Bishop of Portsmouth, about a pageant play written by his daughter, neatly conveys the spirit in which the pageant was both written and...

  9. Borough of Reigate Pageant: The Heritage of the Crown
    This pageant was held in the Coronation year of 1953, though three months after the event itself. Held in the Surrey town of Reigate, it was one of a number of pageants in the towns surrounding Lon...

  10. Oxford Pageant of Victory
    From the book of words and its references to several hundred participants in some scenes, this appears to have been a very large pageant, and was one of a number held in the aftermath of the First ...

  11. Chester Historical Pageant
    The historical pageant held in Chester in 1910 had been one of the great pageant extravaganzas held in England during the Edwardian era. A generation later, and in very different times, Chester dec...

  12. The Historical Pageant of Leicestershire
    The Leicester Pageant of 1932 was locally a major event, with twelve performances and a cast of 5000 performers, utilising the Edwardian pageantry tradition through one of the most successful and b...

  13. Pageant of Gloucestershire
    The Gloucestershire Historical Pageant was performed ten times to large audiences in July 1908. Over 2500 local amateur performers took part. It was, in all ways, a classic Edwardian pageant, drawi...

  14. The Pageant of Newark
    The Pageant of Newark was first proposed in July 1935 by Douglas P. Blatherwick, a local writer of plays and music, at a Town Hall meeting chaired by the Mayor, P.J.C. Staniland. From the beginning...

  15. The Dorset Pageant
    The Dorset Pageant of 1929 was a relatively small event, with only two performances, taking place on a single day. It was produced and written by Ethel Ashburnham, who was also responsible for the ...

  16. Historical Pageant of Huntingdonshire
    Huntingdon had not held a pageant since the wildly successful pageant at Hinchingbrooke in 1912, though there had been further pageants in the county (e.g., Buckden, 1932). Hinchingbrooke House, wh...

  17. Pageant of Hampshire History
    Women’s Institute Pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were also greatly successful (see entries for the pageants of Staffordshire 1928 and Northampton...

  18. Pageant of Northamptonshire History
    Women’s Institute Pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were also greatly successful (see entries for the Pageants of Berkshire 1928, Staffordshire 1928...

  19. The Wisbech Pageant
    The idea for a pageant in Wisbech was first mooted by the town’s Mayor, J.W.A. Ollard, in his inaugural speech in 1928, where he spoke of his ‘dream’ for a ‘monster’ pageant in the town.3 Such an e...

  20. Welbeck Abbey Historical Pageant
    According to the Historic Houses Association, ‘The Welbeck Estate covers some 15,000 acres, nestled between Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park. At its heart lies Welbeck Abbey, a stately home which d...