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.
- Hastings TQ798133One of four signs on the major roads into the area.
TQ8412 : Hastings and St. Leonards sign, A259 Rye Road
TQ7813 : Hastings and St. Leonards sign, A2100 Battle Road
TQ7608 : Hastings and St. Leonards sign, A259 Bexhill Roadby Oast House Archive
- New Romney
- Hythe TR188348
- Dover TQ323422
- Sandwich TR333582 As seen hanging from the millennium beacon near The Quays.
Also seen in TR3358 : Sandwich Millennium Beacon and Town Sign.by David Anstiss
- Lydd TQ053224 A close-up of the sign seen in TR0522 : B2075 Romney Road to Lydd.by David Anstiss
- Faversham TQ992611
- Tenterden TQ885335 On small green formed at junction of A28 Ashford Road (on left) and Oaks Road (heading right). Has small plaque on post which reads 'Erected by the Residents and Town Council of Tenterden to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Unveiled by the Mayor of Tenterden Cllr Michael Pearson 12th December 2002'.by David Anstiss
The coastal confederation during its mediŠval period consisted of a confederation of 42 towns and villages in all.
- Grange (now part of Gillingham, Kent)
- Northeye (a lost medieval village in Sussex), Built on a small rise in land the small town was once located next to a tidal inlet called the Merefleet and was important enough to be an associate member of the Cinque Ports. Its demise was due to the retreat of the sea which headed south as the shingle barrier headed eastwards and the inning of the marshes reduced the scour of the streams that fed the inlet turning the land between into a salt marsh before that too was reclaimed. The town, which included its own chapel whose foundations were still visible in the 1850s, had ceased to exist by the beginning of the fifteenth century with only the earthworks still visible to remind anybody of its former existence. The higher ground around Barnhorn can be seen to the left.by Simon Carey
- Hydney (now Hampden Park - part of Eastbourne),The strangely named road commemorates the lost medieval village of Hydneye whose site is just behind the photographer to the north. Hydneye was important enough to be a minor member of the Cinque Ports. However, decay set in in the Thirteenth century as longshore drift silted up the entrance to the small harbour. The village depopulated further after the black death and soon disappeared altogether. The site is still marked on the 1870s map but is now built over by the suburb of Hampden Park, this part being built during the inter-war period. The sea is now three miles away.by Simon Carey
- Pebsham, Pevensey
- Seaford (in East Sussex)
- Reculver Reculver was the site of Regulbium fort, built by The Romans 2,000 years ago to guard the Wantsum channel which separated the Isle of Thanet from Kent. More than half the fort has been washed into the sea but the southern and eastern walls remain. The twin towers of Reculver are the remains of a mediaeval church and feature on navigation charts as an important landmark. The large granite stones along the beach are a recent effort to prevent further erosion.
In the background is Herne Bay Pier end in the North Sea.by David Anstiss
- Sarre Beside the A28 Island Road. Outside the local village shop.by David Anstiss
- Stonar A small, jagged gap in the northern wall of the Roman Richborough Castle fortified town is the site of the northern (postern) gate. This would have been a defended "back door" into the fortified area of the town. See shared description below.by Rob FarrowShared Description
- Brightlingsea (in Essex)Brightlingsea village sign Brightlingsea, Essex for overall view see Linkby Keith Evans
- Birchington As seen in TR3069 : Birchington Village Sign .
The sign shows sailors (presumed smugglers, as there was no port) unloading cargo close to Reculver Towers.
Birchington was first recorded in 1240 as Birchenton, a name derived from the Old English words 'bircen tun', meaning a farm where birch trees grow.
The shield also shows the three half-lion/half boats of the Coat of arms for Cinque Ports.by David Anstiss
- St. Johns (now part of Margate)
- St. Peters (part of Broadstairs)As seen in TR3868 : St. Peter's Village Sign . The sign shows an image of St.Peter's. The village came into existence as a pagan Jutish settlement, and was well established by the 7th Century AD. From these beginnings the present Town of Broadstairs and St.Peter's has evolved.
On the post is a small metal plaque which reads 'This plaque was unveiled on the 8th February 1996, by; Councillor Mrs Davis, Chairman of Thanet District Council and in memory of Councillor Mrs Hillyard, Mayor of Broadstairs and St.Peter's. It commemorates the renovation of the village sign and the placing of a time capsule. Contributions to the capsule were received from local parishioners and school children, for the benefit of future generations.'
Below this is another plaque. See TR3868 : Plaque of St.Peter's Village Sign Post.by David Anstiss
- West Hythe
See Link (wikipedia page) for more historical details on the Cinque Ports.
As well as Link with a list of the villages and the links.