Oil painting by Alan Harding. Traditionally ‘masques’ were musical spectacles, or entertainment, preformed to royalty. They were popular during the 1600s and 1700s. In the early 1900s, Charlotte Peake from Boxford, West Berkshire, began writing her own masques to perform for family, staff and friends. This was staged in the natural amphitheatre at the top of Hoar Hill. Performances continued periodically over the years to become a village tradition. © the copyright holder. Photo credit West Berkshire Museum.
Period: Early 21st Century