The Historical Pageant Of Chester – Episode VII

Episode VII

The Chester Pageant – July 18th to 23rd 1910

King James  I.  visits  Chester  AD 1617. The Midsummer Revels.

The representation of the state visit to Chester of King James I., on August 23rd, 1617, affords a suitable opportunity for the introduction of the Midsummer Revels, which will be a unique feature of the Pageant. Nothing more quaint can be imagined than these old-time festivities, for which the ancient City Guilds chiefly were responsible. For instance among the Harleian MSS. is an agreement between Sir Lawrence Smith, Mayor of Chester in 1540, and two artists, ” for the annual painting of the city’s four giants, one unicorn, one dromedarye, one luce, one camel, one asse, one dragon, six hobby-horses, and sixteen naked boys.” The Revels date at least from 1498, but now have been long buried in oblivion.

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Bonewaldesthorne’s  and  Water Towers.

King James, who was attended by noblemen, bishops, courtiers and the gentry of the County, was received by the Mayor, the Sheriffs, the Sheriff’s Peers, the Common Council, the Train Bands and the Citizens. The Mayor presented his Majesty with a cup containing a hundred jacobins of gold. The King offered his Worship a knighthood, but the honour was declined

His Majesty and retinue attended service in the Cathedral, and in the west aisle heard a Latin speech by a King’s School boy. After a sumptuous civic banquet in the Pentice, the King went on to Vale Royal.

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About the_joe_smoe

I started collecting Chester History in 2004 when my father got diagnosed with the terrible illness Alzheimers, i initially started to do family history to try and capture any memories he could recall (i got back to 1610 my wife side of the family & 1724 my side based on his initial recollections), to preserve them for my families future generations, when doing this i found his mind became very active talking about the past. Observing this i started to show old pictures of Chester, and the result was fantastic, he could recall many past scenarios , events, places etc. From this i started to collect all i could about Chester (no expense spared), with the view to try to keep his mind active, i have many pictures, postcards, books, adverts, etc which i would like to share, giving credit to the original authors where possible.
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