Pageant 1911

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The Mid-Gloucestershire Historical Pageant of Progress, 1911

Research note, by Howard Beard                                                                                                Copyright copyright logo

Staged during the late summer of 1911 – when the district had barely had time to recover from the excitement of George V’s Coronation – this enormously popular celebration depicting episodes of history from the Romans to the Victorians, had a huge cast of 1100. It was staged in the open air at Fromehall Park, with an orchestra, and was marshalled by a Pageant Mistress who summoned participants with a special whistle. The spectacle included pedlars, Ancient Britons, corn and machinery rioters and – during an episode concerned with the medieval wool trade – a flock of sheep, which grazed contentedly in front of the audience. The Pageant was recorded by several local photographers, as the images show.

participants assemble
Participants assemble
17th century duellists
17th century duellists


the crowd
The crowd
Tudor traders



A research note from the SLHS digital archive added Aug 2014. Copyright copyright logo

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