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Cinque Ports

 (sĭngk′)
A group of seaports of southeast England (originally Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich) that formed a maritime and defensive association in the 11th century. Their importance waned after the Anglo-French conflicts of the 14th century.
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Cinque Ports

(sɪŋk)
pl n
(Historical Terms) an association of ports on the SE coast of England, originally consisting of Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich, which from late Anglo-Saxon times provided ships for the king's service in return for the profits of justice in their courts. The Cinque Ports declined with the growth of other ports and surrendered their charters in 1685
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Cinque′ Ports′

(sɪŋk)
n.pl.
a former association of maritime towns in SE England, consisting of Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich, formed in 1278 to assist in the naval defense of England.
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It seems that some honest mariners of Dover, or Sandwich, or some one of the Cinque Ports, had after a hard chase succeeded in killing and beaching a fine whale which they had originally descried afar off from the shore.
As well as his own volunteers it included the Cinque Port Cavalry and the Angusshire Fencibles.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE Rye is an ancient 'cinque port' atop a hill, overlooking Romney Marsh.
The sea and the marsh; the medieval Cinque Port of New Romney revealed through archaeological excavations and historical research.
As a Cinque Port Hythe was the first defense against a sea invasion in this most vulnerable part of England, becoming a full-fledged military town with a school for musketeers and Martello Towers added in the times of Napoleon.
The Cinque Port town Rye is absurdly pretty and is just five minutes away by taxi.
The Rye Retreat, 36-38 Cinque Port Street, Rye, East Sussex.
This detached Grade II-listed 18th century house in the village of Eden, with its church, inn, sub-post and store, is close to the ancient Cinque Port of Rye.
A short drive away are the picturesque ancient Cinque Port towns of Rye and Hythe.
He had little problem obtaining one in the Cinque Port town of Hythe.
Kayleigh Watts, aged 10, of Green Lane, Coventry, entered the contest while away with her family at a holiday park run by Cinque Port, in Seawick, near Clacton-on-Sea.