In the spring of 1648, when Charles I was in the possesion of the Parliamentarians - under arrest at Carisbrooke Castle, on the Isle of Wight - riots broke out in support of the Royalist cause across the South East. In Bury St Edmunds, the rioters even managed to take possession of the county's supply of ammunition. However, this Royalist surge did not last long: with their defeat by the New Model Army at the Battle of Preston in August, the Parliamentarians secured their victory in the Civil Wars.
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