The Chester Pageant – July 18th to 23rd 1910
Siege Of Chester and Visit of King Charles I, AD 1645.
The final episode brings us to an important phase of the Civil War. Throughout the deadly struggle between King and Parliament, Chester remained true to the Crown and suffered heavily for her loyalty.
Charles, accompanied by a brilliant train, entered the City on September 23rd, 1642, and was presented by the civic authorities with two hundred pounds for his military needs, while another one hundred pounds was given to the Prince. Exactly three years later, the King was in Chester again in sadder circumstances, the City being then in a state of siege. From the Phoenix Tower on to the City Walls, Charles witnessed, with growing mortification and despair, the overthrow of his last field force at Rowton Moor. On the following day he intimated to Lord Byron, the commander of the City forces, that unless they were relieved, he might negotiate at the end of eight days the best procurable terms of surrender. Byron’s answer accorded with his loyal, fearless and determined character. Amid sorrowful prayers and blessings the King then left Chester.
The Chester garrison made a heroic and noble defence and capitulated, not at the end of eight days, when according to the King himself a justifiable surrender might have been made, but twenty weeks beyond that time, namely on February 3rd, 1646.
At the end of the eighth Episode, there will be a magnificent massing of all the performers taking part in the Pageant. From every direction the various Episodes will march on simultaneously and take up their position in front of the Grand Stand. The brilliant colours of the dresses and banners, and the rapid but well organised movements of the performers, will provide a spectacle that should make a worthy Finale to a noble Pageant.