Lyme Regis

1644

Royalists under the command of Prince Maurice besiege Lyme Regis. The town, led by Thomas Sealey and Robert Blake defeated the royalist army which suffered between two and three thousand casualties.

The defence of Lyme was organised by Colonel (later Admiral) Robert Blake; and the women of the town played an important part by helping to dig trenches, man earthworks and load muskets. The brave defence was crucially supported from the sea, and after a five-week siege from April till June, Prince Maurice withdrew after heavy losses, defeated by 'this little vile fishing town defended by a small dry ditch'.

From the Philpot Museum, Lyme Regis