The mature tulip tree, planted at the
Volunteer Fields end of Coronation Gardens to mark the link between
the Sealed Knot and Nantwich, with its plaque.
A TULIP Tree planted to one side of
Coronation Gardens in Beam Street marks a link between the Civic War
re-enactment society, The Sealed Knot, and the townspeople of
Marking their 50 years this
year, The Sealed Knot
Society have been recreating the Battle of Nantwich,
in 1644, during the First English Civil War, since 1973.
To mark the long
association, representatives of
Knot, and members of Nantwich Town Council, assembled in Coronation Gardens for a
ceremony marking the planting of the tree and the erection of a
plaque explaining to passers by the significance of the mature tree.
The then Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill,
received the tree and plaque during a ceremony on April 14 from the
Chairman of The Sealed Knot Society, Mr Simon Wright.
THE series of annual commemorations
a wreath-laying ceremony in 1972 at the war memorial on The Square, which
had been erected in memory of Nantwich people who died in the First
and Second World Wars.
Nowadays wreathes are laid at the
memory of people who died in all wars since the Civil War.
The first commemoration of
the Battle of Nantwich was subsequently performed in 1973 on Barony Park,
Barony Road, an event that went down well (I know, I was there)
although there were some comments about how the event had churned up
the surface of the park.
Brookfield Park was the
chosen venue the following year, and now the battle is re-enacted on
Mill Island. Today it is an ever-changing event - apart from
the battle, of course - which now includes mounted soldiers riding
THE Sealed Knot is the oldest
re-enactment society in the UK, a registered educational charity,
and the single biggest re-enactment society in Europe, says their
website. In 1968, a group of friends, following a garden party in
cavalier costume to publicise the launch of Sir Peter Young’s book on
the Battle of Edgehill, decided to form a period army – and within
two years it had more than 1,000 members. Roundheads members followed.
The inscription on the plaque reads:
"Dedicated on 14th April 2018, this tree recognises forty
six years of the unique relationship between the people of Nantwich and the
Sealed Knot Society in its fiftieth year.
"On 25th January, 1644, one of the
decisive battles of the English Civil War was fought to relieve the Siege of Nantwich. This date became known as Holly Holy Day and is annually
remembered by the Townsfolk of Nantwich and The Sealed Knot."
The plaque also includes the
logos of the Sealed Knot and Nantwich Town Council.
Some of the action from a previous Battle of
Nantwich re-enactment by the Sealed Knot as pikemen from both sides confront
Long, dry, summer kills
society's gift tree
THE tree has succumbed to the long dry
summer of July, 2018, in which it was deprived of water. All its
leaves turned brown (left).
And as winter turned
to spring this year, the tree had no leaves and has stayed that way
thoughout the summer.
Alderman Doug Butterill confirmed for me that the tree was dead
Larger trees in
some leaves to the drought, but managed to keep the majority of
their green leaves. The streets and parks seemed more like autumn
with piles of leaves everywhere.
ACCORDING to the Royal
Horticultural Society website, the tulip tree is deciduous and has tulip-shaped
flowers in the summer once it is mature and good autumn colour.
It grows to more than 12 metres with a spread of eight metres. It reaches its ultimate height
in 20 to 50 years.
For more about the trees, visit