The Confederation of Cinque Ports is a historic series of coastal towns in Kent and Sussex, England. It was originally formed for military and trade purposes, but is now entirely ceremonial. It lies at the eastern end of the English Channel, where the crossing to the continent is narrowest. The "five ports" were Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich. Rye, originally a subsidiary of New Romney, changed to become one of the Cinque Ports once New Romney was damaged by storms and silted up. Other towns also contribute to the confederation, including two Antient Towns and the seven Limbs.