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  1. Pageant of Sport
    Abinger’s previous pageant had been held in 1934 and was famously written by E.M. Forster, a local resident, with music provided and conducted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who had been born in the lo...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Old Moreton 1589-1914
    In the early years of the twentieth century, Elizabethan revels held as added attractions during Merrie England-type fetes were ten a penny. However, that held in 1914 in the village of Odd Rode, C...

  6. Sydling Pageant
    The Sydling Pageant in 1925 commemorated the 1000 year anniversary of King Athelstan’s founding of Milton Abbey when, in thanksgiving for military victory, he presented the Abbey with 30 hides of l...

  7. Historical Pageant of Warkworth
    In the interwar years, when a rash of memorialisation took place to commemorate the fallen of World War I, not all war memorials created were granite slabs: some took the form of cultural and commu...

  8. Ashdown Forest Pageant
    It was in September, 1928, that Mrs Olaf Hambro of Kidbrooke Park…broke to me the news that the Village Hall was badly in need of £1,500 for building its new wing, and that she and Miss Needham tho...

  9. The Butleigh Revel
    The Sherborne Pageant held in Dorset in 1905 was the birth of modern pageantry, from which a number of different strands originated. For Louis Napoleon Parker, the Pageant Master at Sherborne, and ...

  10. Heritage Pageant
    There had been pageants at Chailey put on by the Heritage Craft Schools for lame and crippled children in 1919, 1920, and 1922, though these had all been processional.

  11. Chittlehampton Pilgrimage and Pageant
    The Chittlehampton Pageant was a strange affair. It was organised by a number of groups from within the village, as well as from other parts of the county, who were brought together by the shared p...

  12. A Pageant of the History of Cowick Barton
    The impetus for the pageant had come from Mrs C.A. Simmons, who lived in the Cowick Barton Priory. She had brought in Beatrix Cresswell, who had been the historical consultant for the Torquay Pagea...

  13. Pageant of Thurlow
    The Thurlow Pageant of 1938 was an oddity for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was the product of a landed family, the Ryders, celebrating the history of another landed family, the Soame’s, due to ...

  14. 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...

  15. A Pageant of Grimston
    Whilst most pageants celebrated a place, occasionally they celebrated the exploits of a single family. This was the case here, the family in question being the Grimstons. The village of Grimston is...

  16. Royal Burgh of Cullen Quincentenary Historical Pageant
    Cullen is a village, but historically it enjoyed the status of a royal burgh from the 15th century through to local government reorganization in 1975. In view of its burgh status, it had a provost ...

  17. Weston Pageant
    The Weston Pageant was one of many held for the Festival of Britain in 1951 (see, for instance Ewelme, Chippenham and Bedale).The pageant was organised jointly by the Rev. Everhard Rowe and the Wes...

  18. Hellesdon Pageant of Thanksgiving for the Past
    This is an example of one of the many small village-level historical pageants held in connection with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Hellesdon held a subsequent pageant in 1971.

  19. Leek Wootton Pageant
    The small Leek Wooton Pageant, which in the view of the Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser ‘made a valuable contribution to rural Warwickshire’s festival programme’, was one of hundreds of pageant...

  20. Box Fete and Pageant
    In late 1924, the Rev. George Foster and his wife, Kate, moved from Redland Chapel in Bristol to the Parish of Box, a few miles northeast of Bath in Wiltsh ire. In the few months since their arriva...