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  1. 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 ...

  2. The Dover Pageant
    Dover’s staging of a historical folk-play in 1908 was a nationally important and spectacular example of an Edwardian town gripped by ‘pageantitis’. Directed by the original master himself, Louis Na...

  3. The Edwinstowe Coronation Pageant
    The Edwinstowe Pageant of 1953 was held to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. It was the last and by far largest event in the village’s two-month-long programme of various sports c...

  4. English Church Pageant
    Originally proposed by the Rev. Walter Marshall of St. Patrick’s Church, Hove, the English Church Pageant was at first going to take place in Brighton. When, during planning, the event grew conside...

  5. Chilham Castle Pageant
    The pageants that were held immediately after 1945 were suffused with the weight of the war just past. Chilham Castle is a large Tudor-style manor house that lies between Ashford and Canterbury in ...

  6. The Grand Empire Pageant 1909
    The Grand Empire Pageant of 1909 programme was one of several imperial-themed pageants held before 1914, designed to instil patriotism and military values among participants and spectators (see Bat...

  7. The Conway Pageant: Pageant Plays
    The Conway Bridge Centenary Celebration of 1927 was a major week-long civic event, commemorating the 1826 engineering feat of Thomas Telford. Two historical pageants were produced, as well as a his...

  8. Heritage: A Pageant in Six Episodes
    The first major pageant in Leeds, the Tercentenary Pageant in 1926, had been a children’s pageant. Whether through lack of interest among the adult people or otherwise, the city held more pageants ...

  9. Pageant of Farnham
    The Pageant of Farnham was the first of many pageants devised by Neville Lovett (the future Bishop of Salisbury and Portsmouth). It was held to repay some of the debts on the Church House (now Vine...

  10. Bramshill Park Historical Pageant
    This pageant was held in the grounds of Bramshill House in Hampshire, and is an example of the many small pageants held in and around great country estates in the interwar period. Perhaps appropria...

  11. Bridport Royal Charter Pageant
    The Bridport Pageant, or ‘Bridport Through the Ages’, was a medium-sized event, consisting of eight episodes, 1300 performers and six performances—impressive considering Bridport was only a small t...

  12. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1967 was a small local event, staged to celebrate the opening of the A371 Axbridge Bypass. Despite a fairly general lack of historical pageantry in the 1960s, it inspired a ...

  13. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1970 was the second performance of the same event staged three years previously, seemingly spurred on by its success. It was timed to coincide with the signing of the town’s...

  14. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1980 was the third outing of the event, again using the 1967 script of Chris Cowap, with some new additions. Anne Griffiths, a drama teacher, was the director.6 It was, at t...

  15. The Axbridge Pageant
    The Axbridge Pageant of 1990 was the fourth outing for the original performed in 1967, and even bigger and more popular than the previous three (see entries for 1967, 1970, 1980). It followed on fr...

  16. The Axbridge Pageant 2000
    The Axbridge Pageant of 2000 was the fifth outing for the event first staged in 1967 to commemorate the opening of the A371 Axbridge bypass. Again the pageant was performed three times, though with...

  17. Axbridge Pageant 2010
    The Axbridge Pageant of 2010 was the sixth outing for the event first staged in 1967 to commemorate the opening of the A371 Axbridge bypass. As had been the case for some time, the Axbridge Pageant...

  18. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant
    The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of 1907 was a major event, successful both in financial outcome and the vagaries of public opinion. Staged in July, it was an archetypal expression of Edwardian pageantr...

  19. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of Magna Carta
    The Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta Pageant of 1959 was a major event, with 12 ticketed performances across 10 days. While it picked up on many of the themes of the 1907 pageant the town had held, most...

  20. 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...