Category Archives: Cinque Ports

Cinque Ports Pilots Part I

The fraternity of Pilots belonging to the Cinque Ports has probably been in existence since before William I (1066-1087) conquered England in 1066. The main prerequisites to become a pilot, at that time and for centuries after, was to be a … Continue reading

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Saint Thomas of Dover – Thomas Hale

At the end of the thirteenth century, Edward I (1272-1307), with large estates in France to protect, needed ships to transport his army across the Channel. In 1278, he gave the Cinque Ports a Charter, which encapsulated their role, function, and … Continue reading

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Thomas Kelsey – Governor of Kent and Sussex and the Battle of Dover

Although some historians say that Thomas Kelsey was a Lord Warden during the Interregnum (1649-1660), when England was without a monarchy, the office of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, as such, did not exist at that time. Instead the … Continue reading

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Cinque Ports and Great Yarmouth

The Confederation of the Cinque Ports was formed in the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) and is made up of the towns of Dover, Hastings, Sandwich, Hythe and Romney and the two Antient towns of Winchelsea and Rye. Each … Continue reading

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Charters

During medieval times, Charters were issued detailing the rights of the citizen and over the centuries, Dover had several granted by various monarchs. Dover’s earliest one was dated the 14 September in the 6th year of the reign of Edward … Continue reading

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