Siege of Colchester (370 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Andrew Hopper (The University of Leicester)


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The climax of the second civil war in southern England was the siege of Colchester by Lord Fairfax with a detachment of the New Model Army supported by parliamentarian militia regiments from Essex and Suffolk. This became the most brutal and bitter civil war engagement in England: a 75 day siege with repeated skirmishing, sniping and bombardment, in which the conduct of both sides swiftly deteriorated.

Over five thousand royalist insurgents gathered in Colchester by 12 June 1648, including London apprentices, turncoats from the local militia, conscripted townsmen and royalist fugitives from the failed uprising in Kent. Although the royalist general was George Goring, earl of Norwich, the local Colchester man, Sir Charles Lucas c…

Hopper, Andrew. "Siege of Colchester". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2008
[, accessed 28 October 2016.]

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  1. English Civil War