Lacock Pageant, Sally Thomson


Last year saw the publication of a delightful little book compiled by WRS member Brian Howells Banks, entitled Lacock Abbey Pageant 1932 and produced by Hobnob Press.

A medieval pageant was held in Lacock Abbey grounds on 3 September 1932, in which many of the characters were portrayed by their (then) modern counterparts. A series of Salisbury, to the local blacksmith as the medieval blacksmith; and from the Bishop of Southampton as the Bishop of Salisbury, to the men of the 4th Wiltshire Regiment as pikemen. The postcards and accompanying text are supplemented by original extracts from the programme of the day, from newspapers and from tradesmen’s advertisements. Brian has managed to identify many of the people depicted in the photographs, so that the whole publication forms an important and useful piece of social history.

The book is available, price £5.99, from several bookshops in north Wiltshire, from the NT Shop in Lacock and from the author.