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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Siege of Lyme re-enacted

For 56 long days the women dressed as men, the dead were buried at night and the church used as a makeshift hospital as the townsfolk of Lyme Regis withstood the best efforts of 6,000 Royalist troops to force a surrender.

So steadfast and valiant were the burghers of Lyme in their fight to remain a Roundhead stronghold during the bitter civil war in 1644 that when the siege was lifted an act of Parliament was passed decreeing an annual national day of fasting and prayer on June 16 to commemorate the longest siege in that bloody conflict.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Thursday 18th June 2009

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