The Battle of Nantwich, 25th January 1644
Alan Garner's novel "Red Shift" uses this incident for one of the three stories within a story.
By late afternoon, only Gibson's and Byron's regiments were still fighting on the flanks of Gibson's position. As the Parliamentarians broke through the Royalist centre, these two regiments were overwhelmed. Many soldiers defected to the Parliamentarian cause, the remainder surrendered or fled. Many officers took refuge in Acton Church, being taken prisoner after surrendering on terms. Byron retreating to Chester with the Royalist cavalry.
What’s there today?
A walk down Welsh Row into the town centre will showcase many of the sixteenth century buildings present in Nantwich.
Barthomley Church was the seen of a massacre of twelve villagers by Royalist troops. the Church has many gravestones dating from the period. The massacre is commemorated in the one of the bosses in the ceiling (crossed swords and the numerals 'XII)'. The White Lion pub, a thatched half-timbered building dating from 1612, is well worth a visit whilst in the area too.
Acton Church is where many Royalist officers took shelter before surrendering. Acton is where the Battle of Nantwich actually took place. During the morning of Holly Holy Day lectures and guided tours of the battlefield start from the church. If you look carefully you can see pock marks made by musket balls on the side of the church.