Holly Holy Day
The Siege & Battle of Nantwich commemorated at Nantwich Museum
Holly Holy Day is Saturday 22 January – the day when the people of Nantwich celebrated the end in 1644 of the Royalist siege of the town by wearing a sprig of holly in their hats. The Battle of Nantwich re-enactment has sadly been cancelled this year but there will be lots of other events taking place to commemorate the occasion. A model illustrating the battle will be on display in the Museum.
On 22 January, volunteers will be on hand to talk about the model and explain the conflict, whilst a visit to the Museum shop will provide an opportunity to purchase informative booklets that relate to the Civil War. Museum visitors will also have to opportunity to see a video of the 1973 re-enactment of the battle.
There will also be special Battle of Nantwich Guided Tours on 22 January starting at both 10.00am and 11.30am from the Museum. Both walks last approximately 90 minutes. Costs are just £5 (£4 for Museum Members). Numbers are currently limited and pre-booking is strongly advised either in person at the Museum Shop, or by phoning or emailing the Museum.
A series of supporting Wednesday evening online talks have also been announced. ”The Coming of War to Cheshire,” 19 January; ”Nantwich, Walled Garrison 1643 – 1646”, 26 January: ”The Barthomley Massacre or was it”, 2 February; and ”The Battle of Nantwich and the English Irish Army”, 9 February, which can either be booked at the Museum shop or online. The cost is £5 per talk with all proceeds supporting the work of the Museum. Participants are invited to join the talks from 6.50 pm for a 7.00 pm start. Full instructions will be provided when booking.
The Museum is an independent charitable trust run by its members and a small staff. It is financed by donations, sponsorship, commercial activities such as the shop and various grants.
Admission to the museum is free.
Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity number 509386