Parade from Malbank School at High Street (2)

Thousands of people lined the streets of Nantwich to watch the annual Battle of Nantwich & Winter Fayre spectacular, writes Jonathan White.

The event is organised by the Holly Holy Day Society, a small non-profit group of people working with the Sealed Knot re-enactment society and Rotary.

Holly Holy Day traces back to the 17th century and the four-year-long First English Civil War between the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and the Royalists (Cavaliers) loyal to Charles I.

This year is the 373rd anniversary of the original battle, which took place on January 25, 1644.

A variety of activities took place around the town during the day at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich Bookshop, Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, and the town square, along with a parade from Malbank School and the battle re-enactment on Mill Island.

Nantwich Bookshop and Coffee Lounge hosted a Civil War book authors evening the day before the event and authors were present for book signings on the day of the event.

Nantwich Players perform on the RedShift Community Stage on the town square

There was live entertainment on the RedShift Community Stage on the town square from Sinead D’Abreu-Hayling, Shavington Village panto, Benjamin Stubbs, Ezra the Plough Witch, and Nantwich Players.

Paul Boniface, from RedShift community radio, was compere with assistance from Steve Bebe and Liz Southall and other RedShift members.

Nantwich Museum held Civil War Tours, a musketry demonstration led by Sealed Knot, exhibitions and 17th century music from Forlorne Hope.

There was a Living History demonstration adjacent to St Mary’s Church. Horses were on parade throughout the town.

Artillery in action on Mill Island

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

Then members of The Sealed Knot re-enacted the 1644 battle on Mill Island, followed by Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Andrew Martin presenting the Rosebowl to the best regiment won by the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment.

Applewood Independent were the main sponsor of the event for the third year.

(Pics by Jonathan White. You can view more of Jonathan’s pictures here

Sealed Knot cavalry rider adjacent to St Marys Church prior to battle

Artillery in action on Mill Island

Musketeers fire during the battle on Mill Island (1)

One Comment

  1. My friend and I visited Nantwich on Saturday to see this event . We travelled from Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. We had a very enjoyable and interesting time. There is an issue with car parking in Nantwich which meant it took us over half an hour travelling around the town before we found somewhere to park the car and there were a great many others doing the same and getting very impatient judging by the shouting and honking horns. Perhaps extra parking should be arranged for this event.

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