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Jack Peaple's Miniature Fair, Stafford

Jack Peaple pictured with two children with donkey and cart carrying miniature merry-go-round and theatre. The float is decorated for Stafford Infirmary Pageant.

Jack Peaple's Revolving Monoplanes, Stafford,

Early fairground ride on the Common during the annual Stafford Pageant. The ride was built in 1912, and the vehicle on which the monoplanes were based was a 'Growler', the taxi cab of the day. The ride ...

John Key & Sons, Ltd. Rugeley

This advertisement for John Key & Sons, Ltd. appeared in the ‘Carnival Cracker’ the Rugeley Hospital Carnival, Diamond Jubilee Year 1931, Official Programme. In the late 1870s John Key had a shop ...

Kidsgrove Rose Queen

'Lady Godiva', Stafford Pageant,

Duckie Dodds as Lady Godiva. Her husband, Percy, owned the Golden Key Shop on Gaol Road. He is on the far right. The procession through Stafford ended with a fair on the town common. A prize was ...

Line Dancing, Eccleshall Festival,

Line dancing High Street. The first Eccleshall Festival was held in 1979. The festival takes place every two years.

Littleworth Local Mayoral Turnout, Stafford Pageant

Littleworth's entry 'Mayor and Corporation' in the Stafford Pageant. Different areas of the town entered their own 'Mayor and Corporation', and there was often great rivalry between the Littleworth ...

Littleworth Local Mayoral Turnout, Stafford Pageant

Littleworth's entry 'Mayor and Corporation of Littleworth' in the annual Stafford Pageant. They are standing in front of the Prince of Wales public house on Weston Road. Different areas of the town ...

'Looking Glass' Pageant Costume, Stafford,

Dorothy Irene (Duckie) Dodds in prize winning pageant costume 'My Lady in the Looking Glass'. The annual Stafford Pageant included a procession through the town, and ended with a fair on the town common. ...

Masqueraders Jazz Band Parade, Stafford Pageant,

Masqueraders Jazz Band pageant parade in Foregate Street, at the junction with Glover Street, looking towards Gaol Square. The annual procession through Stafford ended with a fair on the town common. ...

Masqueraders, Stafford Pageant,

'The Masqueraders' at the end of Glover Street, looking down Foregate Street. The annual procession through Stafford ended with a fair on the town common. A prize was awarded to the best decorated ...

May Fair and Cattle Market, Stafford,

Annual fairs had two sides - trade and pleasure. People would travel from a wide area to visit the fairs, which often filled the town's main streets. Henry III granted Stafford's first annual fair in ...

May Queen, Endon

The Endon May Queen celebration takes place late in May, during the Spring Bank Holiday. It includes the crowning of a 'Well-Dressing Queen' and Endon is now one of the places in Staffordshire to continue ...

Merlin Maddock's flying machine, Stafford Pageant

Merlin Maddock's flying machine in action on Stafford Common during the Stafford Pageant. Here, Merlin is 'piloting' the flying machine he made.

Milford on 'Milford Day',

Milford was a very popular weekend destination for visitors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Excursion trains ran between Stafford and Milford stations. There was no such holiday ...

Milk Float, Stafford Pageant

This postcard view of a horse and dray advertises “Milk Nature’s Perfect Food, Builds Bone and Brain”. The float won second prize in Stafford Pageant (unknown year). The annual Stafford Pageant included ...

Millenary Pageant, Stafford

In 1913 a Millenary Pageant was performed in the castle fields to celebrate 1000 years of Stafford's history from its founding in 913 AD by Aethelfleda. Stafford Castle can be seen in the background. This ...

Millenary Pageant, Stafford

In 1913 a Millenary Pageant was performed in the castle fields to celebrate 1000 years of Stafford's history from its founding in 913 AD by Aethelfleda. Stafford Castle is in the distance, on the right. These ...