There were originally five ports - hence cinque, designated by Henry II in 1155. In medieval times these ports of Hastings, Romney, Dover, Sandwich and Hythe, in the counties of Kent and Sussex in the south east of England, had a duty to provide ships and men for the defence of the 'narrow seas' between England and France. They were supported by the 'antient' towns of Rye and Winchelsea, and various 'limbs'. The honorary role of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports still exists, with an official residence in Walmer Castle. Although changing times and coastlines have removed the strategic significance of most of the Cinque Ports, Dover is still a major Channel port and her mighty castle and defences have long been 'the key to England'.
Topics: •Heyday of the Cinque Ports •Anecdotes and traditions •Dover and her Castle
Wednesdays 15-29 October 7.30-9pm in UC lecture theatre A4 Fee: $30 due by Monday 13 October