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29/01/17<br />
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It was more 'mud sweat and tears' than 'blood sweat and tears' as seven hundred Sealed Knot 'soldiers' reenact the Battle of Nantwich, in on a damp field next to the the river Weaver in Nantwich, Cheshire.<br />
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The day is known as Holly Holy Day, after the townsfolk wore sprigs of holly in their hats to celebrate the lifting of the siege in 1644 - it is said this is where the word 'holiday' originates.<br />
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The Battle of Nantwich was fought during the First English Civil War, between the Parliamentarians and Royalists, northwest of the town of Nantwich in Cheshire on 25 January 1644. <br />
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The Royalists under Lord Byron were besieging Nantwich, and Sir Thomas Fairfax led an army to relieve the town. As Fairfax approached, a sudden thaw caused the River Weaver to rise in spate, dividing Byron's cavalry from his infantry and artillery, who were overrun and destroyed by Fairfax.<br />
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The Parliamentarian victory halted a run of Royalist successes in the area, and was a major setback to King Charles I's plan of campaign for the year.<br />
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