The Pageant - a history of Warwick in twelve episodes - was performed in the grounds of Warwick Castle during the week of 2 to 7 July 1906 and was a major undertaking. The town authorities approached Louis N Parker and asked him to "add another triumph" to that which he had achieved with the Sherborne Pageant in Dorset. He happily agreed - no doubt for ample remuneration ! The Pageant took 13 months' "thought and activity to bring it to splendid fruition." It seems most of the town got involved as there was a cast of 2000, the costumes alone involving 300 ladies happily sewing !! Forty amateur artists painted the mediaeval banners, whilst "clerks in offices in the town spend their evenings for weeks (past) in fashioning swords, spears, battleaxes and arquebuses." It seems great care was taken to reproduce every item as authentically as possible. We have to assume that the event was a great success !

Most of the information that we have about Warwick Pageant is taken from a souvenir booklet, a copy of which was kindly provided by Sandra Richards of Warwick Castle. All the postcards on this page were produced by the Water Colour Post Card Co of Paternoster Row, EC. The colour cards were taken from prints by J N Bolton, who was also in charge of the production of the stage properties.

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