18 FEBRUARY 1905, Page 3

It was announced on Monday that the Prince of Wales

had been appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and that Walmer Castle will no longer be used as a residence for the Lord Warden, but that it will be thrown open to the public on and after May 1st. The abandonment of Weimer Castle as a residence, as the Times points out, is probably due to the insanitary conditions of the Castle revealed by Lady Curzon's illness. It is difficult not to regret a decision which deprives the State of the means of conferring on distinguished public ser- vants a. residence as well as an honorific and most picturesque title. Personally, we should like to have seen the Castle placed in a thorough state of sanitary and structural repair at the cost of the nation, and a sum annually allocated to its maintenance, so that in future the holder of the office should not be pat to any extra charge by reason of his accepting the appointment.