Langport, battle of

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Langport, battle of, 1645. After his defeat at Naseby in June 1645, Charles had few resources left in England. He managed to raise another army, largely of Welsh recruits, and Goring was still pursuing a rather desultory siege of Taunton. Fairfax moved against him and at Langport, on 10 July, inflicted a severe defeat. Goring lost 2,000 prisoners, and was forced back to Bridgwater and then to Barnstaple. News of the surrender of Carlisle and of Montrose's defeat at Philiphaugh completed a disastrous summer for the royalists.

J. A. Cannon