Category Archives: Cinque Ports

Shipbuilding Part I Bronze Age to 1700

Boat and shipbuilding is one of the oldest branches of engineering and in Dover, the history can be traced back to the Bronze Age (2,100BC to 700BC), as we will see. An overview of the different aspects of shipbuilding is … Continue reading

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Origins of the Cinque Ports and Dover Part II

Henry III (1216-1272) ascended the throne when he was only 9 years old but like his father’s, King John (1199-1216), reign it was a stormy one. Following the Battle of Dover of 24 August 1217 (see Origins of the Cinque Ports and … Continue reading

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Origins of the Cinque Ports and Dover Part I

It was probable that the indigenous mariners of Dover played a significant role in the defence of Britain from invasion by the Saxons, in the time of the Roman occupation. Long before the Romans had established the large Classis Britannica on … Continue reading

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Duke of Wellington & Dover

The reporter sneered, ‘What did Wellington ever do for Dover that warrants a Doverhistorian.com tourist plaque in memory of him?’ Alan, a member of Doverhistorian.com, had suggested that one should be placed on the wall outside the headquarters of Dover Harbour Board … Continue reading

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Cinque Ports Pilots – Part II

On 14 September 1852 the Cinque Ports Pilots champion, the Lord Warden (1829-1852), Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), died –  see Cinque Ports Pilots Part I. The government lost no time, having rationalised pilotage, to do the same with the Admiralty Court. The … Continue reading

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