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The Battle of Nantwich re-enacted on 2013 Holly Holy Day

PUBLISHED: 15:29 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 February 2013

Unarmed officers meet an armed member of the Sealed Knot

Unarmed officers meet an armed member of the Sealed Knot

The Battle of Nantwich on January 25th 1644 has been re-enacted as an annual event on 'Holly Holy Day' for around 40 years, but thick snow on the ground added a hardship factor this time.

The Battle of Nantwich on January 25th 1644 has been re-enacted as an annual event on Holly Holy Day for around 40 years, but thick snow on the ground added a hardship factor this time.


Todays modern soldiers from the Sealed Knot were not deterred, and neither were local fans of the anniversary. Nantwich town centre was busy with spectactors for this dramatic and colourful staging. The name Holly Holy Day is said to come from the sprigs of holly worn by townsfolk in their caps or clothing in the years after the battle.


Herbert Rowsell, chairman of Nantwich Historical Society, laid a wreath to commemorate the occasion.

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