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There was to be more than one Royalist assault on the town of Weymouth, hotel monkey world an order was given during the Service at St. Andrew's Church at Church Ope, that part of the Portland garrison and the islanders should be report with their arms to the castle by 5pm. One hundred and twenty men turned up and were duly formed into two companies, one to go by land and the other to go by water to the pier under the Nothe. hotel monkey world The company travelling overland reached Smallmouth, but as there was no bridge in those days they had to rely on a Weymouth man, John Dry, a tanner by trade, who had arranged with the ferryman to bring the Royalists across. From the Wyke side of the water John Dry led the force through the quiet country lanes to attack the Chapel fort from the rear. The Royalists attacked about midnight hotel monkey world and so surprised the Parliamentarian's that they met hardly any resistance. The Parliamentarian's however rallied within the hour but were repulsed with fairly heavy losses. Walter Bond, a local fisherman, who led them in a successful attack on the Nothe Fort, met the other company meanwhile having landed at the Nothe. Although they had lost the forts the Parliamentarian forces held on in Weymouth but only until the evening, for on the other side of the town there was a gathering of town and country folk on Radipole Common to help swell Sir Lewis Dyve's force.
Sir Lewis Dyve did not arrive until noon on Monday (10th February, they then went on to capture the rest of Weymouth. That evening, the Parliamentarian's withdrew to Melcombe and raised the drawbridge that divided the two towns.
The Royalists now proceeded to bombard the Parliamentarian's and the townspeople of Melcombe from the Chapel fort on the heights of Chapelhay. As well as the Chapel fort the Royalists also held the Nothe fort and a small fort at Bincleaves. At their full strength they numbered between 4000 - 5000 men while the Parliamentarians could muster only 900. But the Parliamentarians started to dig in and surround Melcombe with earthworks. All week the bombardment of Melcombe continued, in vain Colonel Sydenham proposed that there should be no further useless burnings, but the Royalists just jeered at him and so in his anger he order a retaliatory attack which ended in the burning of some of the houses and ships on the Weymouth side. Meanwhile two Parliament ships, under the command of vice admiral William Batten, had come to the aid of the besieged, bringing with them 100 horse and landing some 200 seamen and taking 200 Royalist prisoners. A further detachment of 100 cavalry under Lieut.Colonel James Haynes came by land. On Sunday 16th February 1645, Colonel Sydenham and his men defeated a party of Royalist horse near Radipole. Some were killed but over 80 horses and 45 Royalists were captured. The remaining few were chased right to the gates at Weymouth. The Royalist troops of Sir Lewis Dyve were joined by Sir Thomas Austin's, Cleveland's Horse, and foot soldiers were positioned to block the Parliamentarian at the north end of Melcombe, but still the Parliamentarians would not give up, even managing to raid outside the town. Indeed on one occasion they even managed to bring into Melcombe 900 sheep. Lord Goring (the King's Lieutenant-General for Hampshire) had arrived in Dorset near the end of the month with an army of over 3000 horse, 1500 foot and a train of artillery. Having left his main army in Dorchester he decided to send a detachment of horse and foot to help the Royalist besiegers at Weymouth. The new troops arrived with beating drums and blowing trumpets which must have frightened the townsfolk a great deal.
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