Lyme Regis, on the Dorset coast, had long been a stronghold of reformist and radical thought, a stalwart of Protestantism even under Mary Tudor. It was staunchly Parliamentarian in its sympathies throughout the civil war. In Spring 1644, the Royalists attempted to take this important port by besieging it, but eventually, after being withstood for eight weeks, on 14th June they gave up the attempt.
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