The Cinque Ports of Sussex lie along the vulnerable Sussex shore that has seen every invasion, or attempted invasion, since the time of the Romans. Until the creation of the Royal Navy these little ports held immense power as the guardians of this vital coast. The Portsmen were a lawless community, indulging in piracy and smuggling, leaving a rich heritage of secret hiding places and smuggler's lore in town and countryside. Times have changed since these towns were the original force behind England's maritime power but each town still retains its individual heritage of history and charm. With this book in hand you can discover the great deeds of the past, and explore the churches and other ancient buildings set in the stunning countryside of this beautiful corner of south-east England, the cradle of the Royal Navy.