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OLD HASTINGS PRESERVED AMIDST THE NEW: THE BARBICAN AT SANDWICH

OLD HASTINGS PRESERVED AMIDST THE NEW: THE BARBICAN AT SANDWICH

The old Cinque Port of Hastings (bottom) has remained separated from the modern part of the town, shut in a steep valley whose sides are public property and cannot be built on. There are still some of the old fortifications left at Sandwich, and among them is the Barbican. It leads to a bridge over the river Stour, which was at once the town's defence and its livelihood by providing access to the sea. Sandwich held second place among the Cinque Ports. The walls were built about 1450. But during the next hundred years the river mouth silted up.

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