VISITORS to a Wrexham county village witnessed a brutal conflict with volleys of musket fire and blazing cannons.
The community heritage day in Holt saw a re-enactment group stage a battle featuring Oliver Cromwell, who led the Roundhead during England’s brutal 17th Century civil war.
Oliver Cromwell and the mayor of Wrexham, Cllr Arwel Gwynn Jones, launched the event, with Cromwell’s troops marching from St Chad’s Church to the Cross.
The church still shows signs of the historical conflict, with musket ball damage visible inside.
The civil war re-enactment group recreated the battle scene, as well as showcasing a living history encampment with displays.
Visitors were able to discover what life was like in the 17th Century and explore the remains of Holt Castle with a guided tour and could even have a go at being a medieval bowman.
Other attractions included local history society displays, street sellers, a hog roast, village stocks, falconry displays and family fun and games.
The community heritage day was organised by volunteers as part of an ongoing project called The Wrexham Story: Your History, your Future, launched last year to celebrate and preserve the borough’s rural heritage.