Carnival Queens


In 'Kenilworth People & Places, Volume 2', I have recorded the history of the first 25 years of Kenilworth Carnival, for many the first 'fixture' in Kenilworth's calendar.

The focal point of all Carnivals is of course the Queen; I have included a photograph of every Carnival Queen up to and including 1951.

 These photographs below are taken from newspapers, the book includes many original photographs including several early Queens on their horse-drawn floats:


1926 and 1927 No known queens



1928 Jean Spence                     1929 Alice Beck


1930_Freda_Thurley_edit_200                       1931_Jean_Mills_200

1930 Freda Thurley                     1931 Jean Mills


 1932_Mollie_Meadows_edit_200                  1933_Edna_Jackson_200

   1932 Mollie Meadows               1933 Edna Jackson


1934_Joan_King_200                     1935_Joan_Hurst_200

     1934 Joan King                      1935 Joan Hurst


1936_Joyce_Mills_200a                   1937_Esther_Simpson_200

         1936   Joyce Mills            1937   Esther Joan Simpson


1938_Mary_Mansell_200a            1939a_peggy_constable_200

      1938   Mary Mansell           1939   Peggy Constable


1940_Rosalind_Booden_200                 1944_Celia_Reeves_200

1940   Rosalind Booden          1944   Celia Reeves


1947_Patsy_Wheeler           1948_Betty_Richardson_200

        1947   Patsy Wheeler         1948   Betty Richardson


 1949_Thelma_wringrose_small                             1950_Jane_Burford_200

1949   Thelma Wringrose           1950   Jane Burford



1951   Maureen Postins


Although outside the years of my most detailed carnival research, I have below included two later queens for their interest


Carnival queen Angela wozencroft 350

This is Angela Wozencroft, crowned in 1968 but photographed in 1969 at the opening of Kenilworth's saunas in The Square. The interest is that this was the first time the Kenilworth Weekly News used a colour photograph, in a reflection of Queen Alice Beck (above) being the first ever person to appear in a photograph in a Kenilworth newspaper. As far as I can discover it was to be many years until colour was used again in the KWN, possibly the 1980s. My copy of this KWN is a little faded.


carnival queen pamela fox 350

Carnival Queen Pamela Fox, crowned 1969, in a coal scuttle on the scales at Kelsey's coal yard in Dalehouse Lane (at the former gasworks, now Deer Leap). The scuttle was to be placed in Talisman Square to be filled with coins raising money for the carnival good causes; it was hoped that Pamela's weight in coins could be raised, she was 8 1/2 stone.