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Battle of Nantwich Video marks Holly Holy Day at Nantwich Digital Museum

Battle of Nantwich, 25 January 1644” is a new video produced and narrated by Dr Keith Lawrence, volunteer and Director of the Cheshire Civil War Centre at the Museum, and can be viewed on the Museum’s website. Also available on the website, amongst other information about the history of the town, are details of the English Civil War and the local battle, a free downloadable children’s comic about the battle and a wide variety of booklets.

The “Battle of Nantwich and Winter Fayre” event, which usually takes place on Holly Holy Day towards the end of January to commemorate the battle, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and, for the same reason, the Museum is closed to the public denying the opportunity to view the displays and learn more about the war and its battles. Chair of the Museum Board, Helen Cooke, commented: “We are thankful for the opportunity to be able to still mark the occasion through the medium of our website”.

Holly Holy Day was held yearly to commemorate the victory of a makeshift Parliamentary army under Sir Thomas Fairfax over the Royalist forces of Lord John Byron at Acton on 25 January 1644. The townsfolk would wear a sprig of holly as a memorial to the raising of the siege, which, if it had been successful, would have delivered the whole of Cheshire into the hands of the Royalists.

Battle Of Nantwich C 1980 Picture
Fighting For The Town. Painting By Les Pickford