The sieges of Taunton (23 September 1644 – 9 July 1645) during the
First English Civil War were a series of three blockades of the town and
castle of Taunton in Somerset. During all three, Robert Blake commanded
the Parliamentarian defences of Taunton, which straddled the main road
from Bristol to Devon and Cornwall. The first assault, by Royalist
troops from local garrisons, initially drove Blake and his troops into
the castle, before settling into a siege intended to starve the town
into submission. The defenders were relieved by a force under James
Holborne in December. The Royalists began the second, and bloodiest,
siege in late March; in May, after five days of intense fighting, a
Parliamentarian relief army led by Ralph Weldon forced a retreat. Lord
Goring renewed the blockade in mid-May, after engaging Weldon's
departing army and forcing it back into Taunton, but the siege was
ineffective. The Parliamentarian defence tied up Goring's troops, who
missed the decisive Battle of Naseby. Historians believe those troops
could have tipped the battle in favour of the Royalists.
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