By Jonathan White
Thousands braved thunder and lightning in Nantwich to enjoy the Holly Holy Day “Battle of Nantwich & Winter Fayre”.

Sealed Knot troops paraded down Welsh Row to the town centre where they lined up for inspection.

They then marched from the town square to Mill Island where they re-enacted the famous battle of 370 years ago between the Cavaliers and Roundheads.

Despite the weather, many people flocked to the town to enjoy the spectacle and take advantage of the other activities being held.

The event, organised by The Holly Holy Day Society, is run in association with the Sealed Knot re-enactment society.

Troops leave Mill Island battlefieldHolly Holy Day dates back to the 17th century and the four-year long first English Civil War between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and the Royalists (Cavaliers) loyal to Charles I.

This year is the 370th anniversary of the original battle, which took place on 25th of January 1644, and it was the 42nd time the re-enactment has taken place.

A variety of events took place in Acton and around the town during the day with a parade from Malbank School and at Nantwich Market Hall, St Mary’s Church, Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, the Town Square and Mill Island.

Events involved a farmers market, face painting, Living History demonstration, 17th century music, a horse parade, street entertainment, a book signing, a pillory re-enactment, Redshift Radio, X-Academy, Nantwich Players, Morris dancers, Civil War Tours, a musketry demonstration.

There was also a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial to commemorate people who died in the Civil War Battle of Nantwich and other battles.

The 1644 battle was re-enacted on Mill Island and was followed by a prize-giving ceremony for the best

(All pictures courtesy of Jonathan White)

One Comment

  1. Full marks to the Sealed Knot for yesterday’s re-enactment. The weather was utterly vile but it dampened neither their enthusiasm nor good-humour. It’s been a while since I last went to one of their engagement – but I’m extremely glad I didn’t miss this one.
    Stella Riley – civil war author

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