Cinque Ports

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Cinque Ports

TR0161 : The Coat of Arms for the Cinque Ports, Faversham by David Anstiss

The Confederation of Cinque Ports (pronounced "sink" ports, not as the French cinq) is a historic series of coastal towns in Kent and Sussex. It was originally formed for military and trade purposes, but is now entirely ceremonial. A lot of the towns still use the cinque port seal on their official documents. It lies at the eastern end of the English Channel, where the crossing to the continent is narrowest. The name originates in Norman French, meaning "five ports", which are: Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich.

See also TQ9120 : Sign for the Cinque Ports by Maigheach-gheal

Antient Towns

The five ports are supported by the two so-called "Antient Towns" of Rye and Winchelsea.(Both in East Sussex)

Confederation of the Cinque Ports

Members of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports. Including; Lydd (Limb of New Romney), Folkestone, Faversham and Margate (Limbs of Dover), Deal and Ramsgate (Limbs of Sandwich) and Tenterden (Limb of Rye).
The coastal confederation during its mediŠval period consisted of a confederation of 42 towns and villages in all.
These include;

Limbs of Hastings

Limbs of Sandwich

Limbs of Dover

Limbs of Hythe

See LinkExternal link (wikipedia page) for more historical details on the Cinque Ports.

As well as LinkExternal link with a list of the villages and the links.

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