Learn about Margate and Ramsgate's membership in The Confederation of the Cinque Ports
You may have heard or seen the signs saying ‘Cinque Port’, but do you know what they are?
The Confederation of the Cinque Ports, believed to date back over 1000 years, was created of five ‘head ports’, busy fishing and trade centres - Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich. These towns provided ships and men for the crown to protect them and the country from attack.
Over the years the number of towns grew to include what are known as ‘Limbs’ - Deal, Faversham, Folkestone, Lydd, Margate, Ramsgate and Tenterden plus Rye and Winchelsea, which became Head Ports.
Today the Confederation is made up of seven head ports and seven limbs and still plays an active part in the ceremonial affairs of state.
Past ‘Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports’ or ‘Keepers of the Coast’ as originally called have included the 1st Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The official residence of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports is Walmer Castle, near Deal. The current Lord Warden is Admiral Lord Boyce
To learn more about the Cinque Ports visit https://cinqueports.org/
Margate - The original seaside
Margate became a limb of the Cinque Port of Dover in 1229 yet it did not have a harbour until 1320. The Mayor of Margate is a Baron of the Cinque Ports. This means they carry the canopy covering the Sovereign whilst they are anointed and crowned, for which in 1953 the then Mayor of Margate, did for Queen Elizabeth II Coronation
Ramsgate - Royal Harbour, Regency Architecture
Ramsgate became associated with ‘head port’ Sandwich in about 1353