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History of the Cinque Ports: Cinque Port Limbs

The Cinque Port Limbs

Fishing Boats on Deal Beach

Fishing Boats on Deal Beach

Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle

Standard Quay Faversham

Standard Quay Faversham

Oyster smacks at Brightlingsea Creek

Oyster smacks at Brightlingsea Creek

Each of the Cinque Ports & Ancient towns has towns or Limbs associated with it.

Deal, Ramsgate, Lydd, Tenterden, Faversham, Folkestone, Margate & Brightlingsea are all Cinque Port Limbs.

Deal & Ramsgate

Deal and Ramsgate are the associated towns - Members or 'Limbs' of Sandwich. Both are still coastal and, today, much bigger towns than their Head Cinque Port

The Official Residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports is based at Walmer Castle, very close to the town of Deal. Deal also has its own castle, both were built by Henry VIII.

Lydd & Tenterden

Lydd is Limb of New Romney, and Tenterden is a Limb of Rye. As can be seen on the maps, the Bay of Romney is now Romney Marsh, and Lydd is no longer on an island.

Tenterden is now quite a few miles inland, but originally, it had its own port of Smallhythe which had its own shipyard and quay.

Folkestone, Faversham & Margate

These three towns are the Limbs of Dover. Margate, like Ramsgate was on an island in medieval times and the area is still called the Isle of Thanet. King Steven, his wife and son are buried at Faversham, a town that still retains its ancient character.

Click the Picture on the Right, to go to a Faversham Web Site.

Brightlingsea - Essex

The only town associated with the cinqueports that is not in Kent or Sussex.

Brightlingsea was not taken into the Confederation of the Cinque Ports until after 1353. As a thriving ship-owning port, in becoming a Limb of Sandwich it could contribute to that town’s ship-service quota.

For more information see the Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea Website.