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Cinque Ports

(sĭngk) [O. Fr.,=five ports], name applied to an association of maritime towns in Sussex and Kent, SE England. They originally numbered five: Hastings, Romney (now New Romney), Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich. The association was informally organized in the 11th cent., and a formal charter was drawn up in the 13th cent. In the 12th cent., Winchelsea and Rye were added with privileges and duties similar to those of the founding members. Later, neighboring places were added as "limbs" or "members." The Cinque Ports reached their peak of significance during the Anglo-French struggle in the 14th cent. The main duty of the ports was the provision of ships and men for protection against invasion at a time when England had no permanent navy. (The ports form an arc along the coast most likely to receive an invasion from the European continent.) In return the crown allowed the members various privileges, such as exemption from taxation and from certain laws governing municipalities. The highest officer of the chartered organization was the lord warden of the Cinque Ports, who had extensive civil, military, and naval duties. His official residence was at Walmer Castle, near Deal. After Henry VII (1485–1509) founded the royal navy, the association declined. It contributed only five ships to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. The office of lord warden remains but has no real power.
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Royal Cinque Ports is a very demanding course was some fierce rough and looking st some of the scores coming in players hit it into the rough quite a bit.
But the most decorated Welsh amateur golfer of all time last week allowed his mind to wander back nine years to the prestigious Brabazon Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports, in Deal, Kent.
Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, another Kent course, was also used for qualifying and Paisley followed his first round 73 with a 70 for 143 to comfortably ease into a place among the 64 qualifiers.
And he will be extending that loan for this weekend's vital Brabazon Trophy at the Royal Cinque Ports club in Kent.
RICHARD WALKER from Frodsham will defend the Brabazon title at Royal Cinque Ports, Kent next weekend, the championship he won so spectacularly at Royal Birkdale last year with a birdie, birdie, eagle, par finish for a closing round of 67.
Karen Stupples, from Royal Cinque Ports and the 18-year-old Yorkshire girl, Rebecca Hudson, are two more serious Curtis Cup candidates.
At Royal Cinque Ports, Cowal's Lorne Kelly led the Scots charge with a four- over 76, three behind Welsh leader Duncan Harris.
Yesterday brought the first of two qualifying rounds split between Sandwich and Royal Cinque Ports in Deal.
The Great Britain and Ireland selectors will be out in force during the early part of the season with May offering them the opportunity to catch potential team members in action in the Irish open strokeplay at Royal Dublin, the Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham, the Brabazon Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports and the St Andrews Links Trophy at the home of golf.
Dan Cruickshank explores - and brings to life - Britain's response by meeting the Cinque Ports volunteer re-enactment group, visiting the massive Royal Ordnance depot at Weedon Bec and demonstrating the semaphore system.
At nearby Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, Cowal Lorne Kelly led the Scots charge with a four- over-par 76, three behind Welsh pacesetter Duncan Harris.