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'.