Duke of Wellington, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Medal, 1839
Duke of Wellington, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Medal, 1839
Duke of Wellington, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Medal, 1839
Duke of Wellington, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Medal, 1839
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Duke of Wellington, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Medal, 1839

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Diameter: 55mm

Silver. Medal commemorating Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) and the Cinque Ports Banquet, 1839. Obverse: Within a wreathed border the profile head of the Duke of Wellington. Legend: 'WELLINGTON'. Reverse: A view of Dover Castle; arms of the Cinque Ports below. Exergue: 'IN COMMEMORATION OF THE CINQUE PORTS BANQUET TO THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, DOVER, 1839.’

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) held the ancient office of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1829 until his death. In 1839 the Cinque Port towns hosted a grand banquet at Dover to honour the ‘Illustrious Man of War’, that drew attendees and sightseers from all over the country. ‘The Gentleman's Magazine’ carried one of many reports of the proceedings. The banquet was held on 30 August in a specially constructed pavilion decorated with ancient arms and armour and relics from the field of Waterloo with some 1500 people attending. ‘The Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette’ reminded thirsty diners ‘Each Gentleman will be entitled to call for a Bottle of Port Wine, Sherry, or Bucellas; for which purpose the Seal must be torn off the Admission Tickets and given to the waiter. Stewards will attend each Table to whom application can be made should any difficulty occur …’