|James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth by Willem Wissing|
|The famous Cobb at Lymn Regis harbour.|
|The tavern where Monmouth set up his headquarters. The George Inn is the oldest tavern in England and it has yet to call last orders!|
On the 27 June, Henry FizRoy Duke of Grafton (half-brother to Monmouth) led his men into the village. Monmouth was waiting for them. It is said that the blood flowed down Chevers Lane like a river. And in fact, Chevers Lane is now known as Bloody Lane. Grafton’s men retreated, scrambling through the hedges in a desperate bid to get away from the slaughter. This battle in the village is remembered today as The Pitchfork Rebellion.
|Henry FizRoy Duke of Grafton later betrayed James II and joined William of Orange in the Glorious Revolution of 1688|
Monmouth then marched his army overnight to Frome, but the morale of Monmouth's army took quite a blow with the news that the Scottish rebellion had failed. And Monmouth’s found to his dismay that his supporters began to desert him.
|Route of Monmouth's army|
pushed back from Wells and found himself on the Somerset Levels. But unlike
Alfred the Great, this was not Monmouth's defining moment.