But beware. Even the sea can change. Of the original five south-east England Cinq Ports, members of a confederation formed in the 12th century for military and trade purposes, two are no longer on the sea.
The picture above, which hangs on the wall of my office, is one I bought as a child when we visited the picturesque town of Rye and my mother told me about the Cinq Ports. Rye wasn’t one of the original Cinq Ports, but took over from New Romney which was damaged by storms and silted up. Rye is now two miles from the sea.