Early footage of Coventry Godiva Pageant from 1902

Early footage of the Coventry Godiva Pageant shot by the Mitchell and Kenyon company in 1902. The opening footage shows the variety actress Vera Guedes posing on horseback in her role as Lady Godiva, historical patron of the city. The subsequent footage shows moments from the procession through Coventry, including a group of "Roundhead" soldiers carrying crossbows, followed by a marching brass band and banners bearing the city's insignia. Other elements in the procession would have largely consisted in representations of local trade.

The complete remaining Mitchell and Kenyon footage from this event can be viewed online at the BFI player here:

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