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The ports of Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich, all on the southern coast of England. The Cinque ports. They were increased by the addition of Winchelsea, Rye, and some minor places. These ports have peculiar charges and services imposed upon them, and were entitled to certain privileges and liberties. They were important defenses against French invasion. They had a special Governor or Keeper, called Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

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