Holly Holy Day

Holly Holy Day - The Battle of Nantwich 1644

Holly Holy Day commemorates the lifting of the Siege of Nantwich during the English Civil War on 25th January 1644.

The name commemorates the people of Nantwich wearing sprigs of holly on their hats or on their clothes, to celebrate their victory against the Royalist Army.

For over 40 years, Holly Holy Day has become a yearly celebration, started by the Nantwich History Society when they decided to mark the anniversary of the lifting of the Siege of the town, with the laying of holly wreaths in the town square.

The Commemorative Wreaths of Holly

A re-enactment of the Battle has taken place in and around the Cheshire town for the past 20 years or so, since, as part of the celebration, by the Sealed Knot Historical Re-enactment Society and the Holly Holy Day Society.

The re-enactment usually takes place on the nearest Saturday to the date of the Battle, 25th January 1644.

The celebration often includes living history displays, music, molly dancing and other activities throughout the day, arranged by the Sealed Knot Society, Nantwich Museum, St Mary's Church, local clubs, societies, colleges, schools and local businesses.

There's more photos of 'Holly Holy Day' on our Flickr Album!


The Domesday Morris Dancers In Nantwich Square

The Parade

The Parade 2

Stand To Attention

The Battle

Cannon Fire

The Battle 2

The Pikemen

Musket Fire

The Battle 3

Pikemen Scrummage

The Plough Witches

St George's Flag Flying High on St Mary's Church

Please also see my video of the 2015 Parade before the Battle on YouTube:


Please also see my video of the 2013 Parade before the Battle on YouTube:


And our videos of the Domesday Morris Dancers on YouTube:




For more information about the Battle of Nantwich and

the Historical Re-enactment see the following links: