|Identifier:||CnqPt||Number of units in system:|
|Geographical Level:||9 (Middle-level District)|
|ADL Feature Type:||countries, 3rd order divisions|
|Is a status within:||Ancient District|
From the medieval era the Cinque ports "have had a special and privileged place in the shipping and naval activities of England, and an identity distinct from the counties in which they were located" (Youngs P.xii). Originally these ports were: Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich and later the two ancient towns of Winchelsea and Rye. These ports usually had dependant member towns or ports.