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  1. The Antiquities of Selborne, Shown to the World by the Rev. Gilbert White, of Selborne, in the Country of Southampton
    Note: see also the entry for Pageant of Selborne (1938).The rural nostalgia of the interwar period has been extensively documented by historians, and the 1926 Selborne Pageant is an excellent examp...

  2. Pageant of Selborne: Gilbert White’s Village
    This pageant had previously been performed, with a modicum of success, in Selborne in 1926 (for further details, see entry for 1926 Selborne Pageant). It was revived in 1938 without revisions. Iron...

  3. 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...

  4. Ripley in Olden Days, a Historical Pageant Play
    As preparations for the pageant got underway in early 1930, the Yorkshire Evening Post remarked that ‘Few villages in Yorkshire are better known than Ripley. As it is to-day, so it was yesterday, a...

  5. Pageant of Saint Laurence
    Though historically themed, religious pageants often followed strikingly different approaches and dramatic methods to their secular counterparts, from the 1909 English Church Pageant through a rang...

  6. Parsons Mead Golden Jubilee 1897-1947: A Pageant of Fifty Years
    There is little information about this pageant, which told the story of Parsons Mead School from its foundation fifty years earlier in 1897. The private girls’ school was established by Jessie Elli...

  7. The Pevensey Pageant
    Taking place in 1908 in the ruins of the Castle, the Pevensey Historical Pageant was also a pageant of Sussex. While the episodes focused on Pevensey, it was only a small village of around four hun...

  8. The Pitminster and Corfe Pageant
    The Pitminster and Corfe Pageant of 1976 took place in the Church of St Andrew and St Mary, a Grade I listed building constructed around 1300. It was a small event performed only twice, with just 8...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Woodhall Spa Centenary Pageant of Lincolnshire History
    Edwardian pageants meant a great deal to their local communities, providing a means of narrating the history of a place and people through collective effort. The Pageant of Woodhall Spa bore tellin...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...