Sunday, July 11, 2004

Cinque Ports

Medieval confederation of English Channel ports in southeastern England, formed to furnish ships and men for the king's service. To the original five ports - Sandwich, Dover, Hythe, New Romney, and Hastings - were later added the �ancient towns� of Winchelsea and Rye with the privileges of �head ports.� More than 30 other towns in the counties of Kent and Sussex were also attached.

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