Salisbury Peace Parade – 1919


Old father time character with beard, robes, scythe and hourglass presiding over the pageant of costumed figures depicting the history of Salisbury.
Old father time character with beard, robes, scythe and hourglass presiding over the pageant of costumed figures depicting the history of Salisbury.

 

Celebrating the end of the First World War, around 4000 children from local schools took part in the Salisbury Peace Parade on Monday 28 July 1919.

Dressed in costumes, based on Salisbury through the ages, the pageant passed through the streets lined with thousands of people.  The parade made its way through the city centre to a large gathering in Victoria Park.

Film footage can be seen on British Pathe website www.britishpathe.com/video/peace-celebrations-at-salisbury/query/parades

A set of small photographs in the Salisbury Hospital historical collection shows the parade, likely taken from an upstairs window in a house on Castle Road, Salisbury.

 

‘The Dim Past’ (Title known from the British Pathe film) shows children dressed in ‘stone-age’ costumes of fur and carry hunted deer for a feast.
‘The Dim Past’ (Title known from the British Pathe film) shows children dressed in ‘stone-age’ costumes of fur and carry hunted deer for a feast.

 

Youth marching group dressed in matching costume.
Youth marching group dressed in matching costume.

 

Mass parade of people dressed in ‘Sunday best’ – note the women in long dresses still and everyone wears a hat.
Mass parade of people dressed in ‘Sunday best’ – note the women in long dresses still and everyone wears a hat.

 

‘Bishop Poore’s procession’ (Title know from British Pathe Film) shows choristers and medieval dressed characters carrying a model cathedral.
‘Bishop Poore’s procession’ (Title know from British Pathe Film) shows choristers and medieval dressed characters carrying a model cathedral.

 

‘The Salisbury Giant’ from Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum walks alongside soldiers.
‘The Salisbury Giant’ from Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum walks alongside soldiers.

 

A group in medieval costume.
A group in medieval costume.

 

A figure on horseback (note in the background someone has set up a deck chair on the window balcony).
A figure on horseback (note in the background someone has set up a deck chair on the window balcony).

 

A car drives alongside a clown on a penny farthing.
A car drives alongside a clown on a penny farthing.

 

Youth parade dressed in costume with sash, note 2 soldiers watch from the roadside.
Youth parade dressed in costume with sash, note 2 soldiers watch from the roadside.

 

‘The coming of Rome’ centurion followed by roman soldiers carrying a banner.
‘The coming of Rome’ centurion followed by roman soldiers carrying a banner.

 

‘The Lady Ela’ shows a group dressed as the Countess of Salisbury and her courtiers.
‘The Lady Ela’ shows a group dressed as the Countess of Salisbury and her courtiers.

 

Unknown story shows a group of monks on open horse drawn carriage with executioner and chopping block.
Unknown story shows a group of monks on open horse drawn carriage with executioner and chopping block.

 

Mayor, Councillor James Macklin, wrote after the parade:

‘Kings, Queens, Lords, Ladies, Jesters, Soldiers, Bishops and Peasants have laid down their Sceptres and Crowns, their Swords, their Baubles and their Staves.  The pageant has become a memory, something to look back upon, and always to carry in our thoughts.’

 

(Source: Salisbury from old photographs by Peter Daniels 2015)

 

This story and the images within have been kindly donated by ArtCare at Salisbury Hospitalwww.artcare.salisbury.nhs.uk

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