Dover Castle in late evening sunlight

David Carton

Blackwater, Ireland

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Dover Castle in late evening sunlight

Blended with my own canvas texture

Dover was one of the original cinque (The name is Norman French for “five ports”) ports. The 5 towns that made up the cinque ports (pronounced sink in England) were Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich.

These were effectively self governing areas of the country. See below from Wiki……

A Royal Charter of 1155 established the ports to maintain ships ready for the Crown in case of need. In return the towns received:-

“Exemption from tax and tallage, Right of soc and sac,
tol and team, blodwit and fledwit, pillory and tumbril,
infangentheof and outfangentheof, mundbryce,
waives and strays, flotsam and jetsam and ligan”
(Exemption from tax and tolls; self-government;
permission to levy tolls, punish those who shed blood or flee justice, punish minor offences,
detain and execute criminals both inside and outside the port’s jurisdiction, and punish breaches of the peace;
and possession of lost goods that remain unclaimed after a year, goods thrown overboard, and floating wreckage.)
The leeway given to the Cinque Ports, and the turning of a blind eye to misbehaviour, led to smuggling, though of course common everywhere at this time becoming more or less one of the dominant industries.

A significant factor in the need to maintain the authority of the Cinque Ports by the King was the development of the Royal Navy.

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