James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
The Warden of the Cinque Ports
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882)
The Cinque Ports is a collective name for the five English Channel PortsSandwich, Hastings, Romney, Hythe, and Dover. They furnished the chief naval contingent until the time of Henry VII. They are governed by a Lord Warden though most of their privileges, granted to them by William the Conqueror, have been abolished. Civil jurisdiction ceased in 1835, but the Lord Warden still appoints justices of the peace for the Ports. The official residence is Walmer Castle, Deal, and there the Duke of Wellington, the subject of this poem, died on Sept. 14, 1852.