Pageants 656

A map will be displayed here shortly.

  1. The Pageant of Margam Abbey
    Margam (now a suburb of Port Talbot) has a long history. Among other things, the place was the site of an important Cistercian settlement (Margam Abbey), the story of which was re-enacted in this p...

  2. The Second Northumbrian Pageant
    This was a follow-up event to the first Northumbrian pageant in 1923, a full entry for which can be found here. Like its predecessor, this pageant was held in the Theatre Royal under the auspices o...

  3. Happy Birthday New Castle!
    The city of Newcastle upon Tyne marked its nine hundredth anniversary in 1980. During the course of this year, a wide range of celebratory events, activities and attractions were organised. These w...

  4. Pageant of the Border
    Rural Northumberland is a landscape rich in associations with the past. Castles such as those at Alnwick and Ford bear testimony to centuries of Anglo-Scottish conflict. The pageant held here, at W...

  5. 2000 Years of History: A Pageant of Chester-le-Street
    Chester-le-Street celebrated its two thousandth anniversary in 1967. As in many other cases, an historical pageant was felt to be an appropriate addition to the festivities and one duly took place ...

  6. The Spirit of Victory
    As had been the case during the Great War, relatively few large-scale historical pageants were staged during the Second World War. There were exceptions, of course, including Basil Dean's St Paul's...

  7. Loyal Newcastle
    Loyal Newcastle presented 'pages from the story of a great city' in the form of an historical pageant held at the City Hall. An expression of civic pride of place, the event was also a demonstratio...

  8. Pageant of Pembroke
    It was originally intended that the Pembroke Pageant would take place in 1957, to coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henry Tudor—King Henry VII—at Pembroke Castle. In the ...

  9. Welshpool in the Beginning
    This is an example of an interwar Welsh pageant. A copy of the book of words (not yet consulted) is held by the Powysland Museum.

  10. Historical Pageant
    This was almost certainly a small pageant held in association with Festival of Britain celebrations. It was produced by Mrs E. Simpson Woolley, who had been involved in organising a previous pagean...

  11. The Pageant of Aylestone
    This is one of the many pageants held in association of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Aylestone is now a suburb of Leicester, but it was formerly a separate village. The place has a long history (A...

  12. Lichfield Pageant
    Held in June 1972, this pageant commemorated the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who became bishop of Lichfield in 669. It featured a street procession, but also a dramatic re-enactment...

  13. Lichfield Pageant 1975
    Lichfield's 1972 pageant had been held to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who had established a see at Lichfield in the seventh century. The pageant staged three years l...

  14. The Milford-on-Sea Pageant & Fete
    On Bank Holiday Monday in early August 1930, a pageant and fete was held in the grounds of Newlands Manor, home of the Sir John Power, MP for Wimbledon. The event was put on in aid of the Milford-o...

  15. A Historical Pageant
    Historical pageants had been staged at Craigmillar in 1906 and 1927; after an interval of forty years, this was the third staged there. Under the direction of Miss E. Willis, it was performed outdo...

  16. Coronation Historical Pageant
    The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was an occasion for historical pageantry. Major examples include events in Warwickshire and Lancaster, but smaller-scale village-level pageants also too...

  17. Mitcham Pageant
    This is an early example of an historical pageant held to celebrate a coronation, in this case that of George V in 1911. The years before the First World War saw great enthusiasm for all things Eli...

  18. Coronation Pageant
    Mitcham has strong connections with queen Elizabeth I, who visited the locality on at least five separate occasions. This pageant, entirely focused on the Elizabethan age, paid tribute to those ass...

  19. Fishers of Men
    Historical pageants were popular with churches and religious organisations; this is an interwar example from Middlesbrough. The pageant seems to have held under the auspices of the Church of Englan...

  20. What Made England
    This pageant was staged as part of Middlesbrough's Coronation Year celebrations. It was organised by the Middlesbrough Rural Deanery of the Church of England, which established a pageant committee ...