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  1. Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - Championship golf course in Deal, Kent. Twice host to British Open Championship.
  2. About Deal Kent - Information guide for tourists and a photographic guide to the towns attractions.


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    Deal, Kent


    Coordinates: 51°13′21″N 1°24′02″E / 51.2226°N 1.4006°E / 51.2226; 1.4006

    Deal
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    Deal
    Deal is located in Kent
    Deal

     Deal shown within Kent
    Population 30,085 (2011 census)
    OS grid reference TR375525
        - London  83.9mi 
    District Dover
    Shire county Kent
    Region South East
    Country England
    Sovereign state United Kingdom
    Post town DEAL
    Postcode district CT14
    Dialling code 01304
    Police Kent
    Fire Kent
    Ambulance South East Coast
    EU Parliament South East England
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    Deal is a town in Kent, England, UK. It lies on the English Channel eight miles north-east of Dover and eight miles south of Ramsgate. It is a former fishing, mining and garrison town. Closely associated with Deal are the other parts of the town being: Kingsdown, Sholden and Walmer, the latter being a possible location for Julius Caesar's first arrival in Britain.

    Deal was named as a 'limb port' of the Cinque Ports in 1278. Due to its position on the Downs, the town grew to become for a while the busiest port in England; today it enjoys the reputation of being a quiet seaside resort, its quaint streets and houses the only reminder of its history. In 1968, Middle Street was the first Conservation Area to be designated in Kent, and since that time the boundary has been extended three times.[1]

    The coast of France is approximately twenty-five miles from the town, and is visible on clear days.

    Its most notable building is the Tudor Deal Castle, commissioned by King Henry VIII and designed with an attractive rose floor plan.


    Deal Kent History


    Mentioned as a village in the Domesday Book Deal developed into a port by the end of the 13th century. Sandown, Deal and Walmer castles were constructed around the town by Henry VIII to protect against foreign naval attack. In 1861 Royal Marines Depot was established in the town.


    Deal Kent Maritime history

    The proximity of Deal's shoreline to the notorious shipping, though on a scale far smaller than at other times in the past (some historical accounts report hundreds of ships being visible from the beach).

    By the time Dickens came to Deal it had been largely forgotten how the government of 1784, under Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (who was staying at nearby Walmer Castle, and was later to be appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1792), ensured that the Deal boats were all set ablaze, suspecting some of the Deal luggers of being engaged in smuggling. Pitt had awaited an opportunity that January, when the boats were all 'hoved up' on the beach on account of bad weather, to send a regiment of soldiers to smash and burn them. A naval cutter was positioned offshore to prevent any of the boatmen escaping.

    The boatmen's ancestors had the right, under charter, freely to import goods in return for their services as Cinque Port men in providing what had been long recognised as the sole naval defence of the realm. These men continued to risk their lives and their boats, in saving the lives of shipwreck victims.

    The irrepressible spirit of the Deal boatmen remained undaunted by these events throughout the Napoleonic Wars, and they continued to assert their hard-earned right to trade.

    From these activities news of the events unfolding in France would reach England quickly and regularly, with about 400 men making a living off Deal beach at that time. The war only made the boatmen’s efforts more profitable, so that afterwards the Government immediately turned a part of its naval blockade into a coastal blockade, which lasted from 1818 to 1831.

    Deal had a naval shipyard which provided Deal with much of its trade. On the site of the yard there is now a building originally used as a semaphore tower, and later used as a coastguard house, then as a Dover Museum instead.


    Deal Kent Royal Marines

    The first home of the Royal Marines in Kent was established at Chatham in 1755. Because of its proximity to the continent and the fact that it possessed a thriving naval dockyard, Deal has been closely associated with the corps ever since its foundation. Records from the old Navy yard at Deal exist from 1658 and show that Marines from Chatham and Woolwich were on duty in Deal, and quartered in the town, until the Deal depot was established in 1861.

    Deal Barracks has become known over its long history as the Royal Marine School of Music, the barracks at Walmer consisting of the North, East and South (or Cavalry) barracks, and all were constructed shortly after the outbreak of the French revolution.

    Part of the South barracks was used from 1815 as the quarters for the 'blockade men', drafted against a threat of local smuggling. The South barracks became a coastguard station thereafter, and this duty continued until 1840.

    It was the East barracks which accommodated the School of Music, until the Royal Naval School of Music was formed at Plymouth in 1903, but which moved to Deal in 1930, replacing the original depot band formed in 1891. Thus the institution became known as the Royal Marine School of Music in 1950.

    During 1940, at St. Margaret's Bay, close to Deal, the Royal Marines Siege Regiment came into being and manned cross-channel guns for most of the remainder of the war.

    On 29 October, a Home Security Report detailed in the RAF's Campaign Diary was made:

    "Army Stations 29thU October 1940 Deal: At 1640 hours three HE bombs were dropped in the barracks, the casualties being 1 Officer and 7 other ranks killed, 6 Officers and 6 other ranks wounded."

    These casualties are buried in the Hamilton Road Cemetery, Deal, Kent.

    In 2005, the Old Gymnasium (in the Barracks) was renovated and it won the Building Renovation category in the Kent Design Awards.[2]


    Deal Kent IRA Bombing

    At approximately 8:20 am on 22 September 1989, the Royal Marines School of Music was bombed by the IRA, resulting in the deaths of 11 bandsmen, and injuries to 22 other marines. The memorial garden is situated in the grounds of the old barracks where the bomb went off. This was built in remembrance of the 11 that died and was then restored after an arson attack a number of years ago. Every year the families and friends of those that died join together at the garden to pay their respects and lay flowers in a memorial service.

    On the evening of 26 March 1996, the Deal populace were privy to a special ceremony, the Beating Retreat, coming from the South barracks, as the Royal Marines Band Service were commanded to vacate their ancient Kent depot and move to new quarters at Portsmouth. The Marines every year come up to the bandstand and put on a display which attracts over 10,000 people.


    Deal Kent Lifeboats


    Deal Kent Piers

    The 1957 Deal Pier

    The seafront at Deal has been adorned with three separate piers in the town's history. The first, built in 1838, was designed by Sir John Rennie. After its wooden structure was destroyed in an 1857 gale, it was replaced by an iron pier in 1864. A popular pleasure pier, it survived until the Second World War, when it was struck and severely damaged by a mined Dutch ship, the Nora, in January 1940. This was not the first time the pier had been hit by shipping, with previous impacts in 1873 and 1884 necessitating extensive repairs.

    The present pier, designed by Sir W. Halcrow & Partners, was opened on 19 November 1957 by the Duke of Edinburgh. Constructed predominantly from concrete-clad steel, it is 1026 ft (311 m) in length (a notice announces that it is the same length as the RMS Titanic, but that ship was just 882 feet in length), and ends in a three-tiered pier-head, featuring a cafe, bar, lounge, and fishing decks. The lowest of the three tiers is underwater at all but the lowest part of the tidal range, and has become disused. The pier is a popular sport fishing venue.

    Deal's current pier is the last remaining fully intact leisure pier in Kent and is a Grade II listed building.[3] Its structure was extensively refurbished and repaired in 1997, with work including the replacement of much of the concrete cladding on the pier's main piles. Work began in April 2008 to construct a new pier-head with a modern restaurant, with the restaurant opened in December 2008.[4]


    Deal Kent Museums

    Deal has several museums; all are related to Deal's maritime history. Both Deal Castle and Walmer Castle are operated by English Heritage - Deal has a display on the events in the reign of Henry VIII that led to the invasion threat which caused its construction, along with some material on its subsequent history, whereas displays at Walmer concentrate on Walmer's post-Tudor role as the Lord Warden's residence. There is also a ruin of the third Tudor castle, Sandown Castle, in North Deal. The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum has exhibits of boats, smuggler galleys and model naval ships. It also contains extensive histories of the lifeboats as well as local parish registers. The Timeball Tower Museum, on the other hand, focuses on the importance of timekeeping for ships, and the role the building it occupies played.


    Deal Kent Notable references


    Diarist Samuel Pepys recorded several visits to the town, being moved on 30 April 1660 to describe it as "pitiful".[5]

    Deal was notorious in the 17th century as a location for smugglers, and Daniel Defoe wrote of the town:

    If I had any satire left to write,
    Could I with suited spleen indite,
    My verse should blast that fatal town,
    And drown’d sailors’ widows pull it down;
    No footsteps of it should appear,
    And ships no more cast anchor there.
    The barbarous hated name of Deal shou’d die,
    Or be a term of infamy;
    And till that’s done, the town will stand
    A just reproach to all the land

    William Cobbett passing through in September 1823 noted in his book Rural Rides:

    Deal is a most villainous place. It is full of filthy-looking people. Great desolation of abomination has been going on here; tremendous barracks, partly pulled down and partly tumbling down, and partly occupied by soldiers. Everything seems upon the perish. I was glad to hurry along through it, and to leave its inns and public-houses to be occupied by the tarred, and trowsered, and blue and buff crew whose very vicinage I always detest.

    Deal Kent In fiction

    Dickens, who had visited the town, had Richard Carstone garrisoned here in chapter XLV of Bleak House, so that Woodcourt and Esther's paths can cross when Woodcourt's ship happens to anchor in the Downs at the same time as Esther and Charley are visiting Richard:

    At last we came into the narrow streets of Deal, and very gloomy they were upon a raw misty morning. The long flat beach, with its little irregular houses, wooden and brick, and its litter of capstans, and great boats, and sheds, and bare upright poles with tackle and blocks, and loose gravelly waste places overgrown with grass and weeds, wore as dull an appearance as any place I ever saw.

    Deal is the setting for local novelist George Chittenden's smuggling saga, which is set in the late 18th century when the town was a haven for criminal gangs smuggling contraband across the English Channel. In Chittenden's debut 'The Boy Who Led Them' a child rises through the ranks to control the biggest smuggling gang on the Kent coast, fighting wars with rival gangs and revenue men at every turn.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Boy-Who-Led-Them/dp/184963128X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389696899&sr=8-1&keywords=the+boy+who+led+them

    In Chittenden's next book 'The Boy Who Felt No Pain' he takes the reader on a journey back to the dangerous coastal town of Deal, fleshing out the back story of main characters from the first novel whilst also raising some interesting new questions.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Boy-Who-Felt-Pain/dp/1849634483/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389697124&sr=8-1&keywords=the+boy+who+felt+no+pain

    In Jane Austen's Persuasion, chapter 8, the town is mentioned as the only place where Admiral Croft's wife Sophia Croft was ever ill, as it was the only place she was ever separated from him, whilst he was patrolling the North Sea.

    • A renamed Deal served as the setting for the ISBN 0-7553-1318-6). It is also the setting for part of his earlier novel The Stonor Eagles.
    • It is also the (renamed) setting of Frances Fyfield's crime novel Undercurrents (ISBN 0-7515-3028-X).
    • It is also the setting for David Donachie's book A Hanging Matter (ISBN 0-330-32862-X), a murder and nautical mystery.
    • North & South Deal were swapped round in the semi-autobiographical novel The Pier by Rayner Heppenstall.
    • Deal also features briefly in H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds.
    • Deal is mentioned as the destination for a Marine recruit from Edinburgh in the novel "Guns of Evening" by Ronald Bassett. "What's Deal?" the recruit replies having never heard of it.
    • Deal is the setting for Ian Fleming's 1955 James Bond book Moonraker. Villain Hugo Drax has built his Moonraker rocket just outside Deal, where Bond has to go and investigate a murdered undercover operative.
    • Characters in the Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brian frequently stay in Deal waiting for their ship to be ordered to sea.
    • Horatio Hornblower (in `The Commodore`, by C.S. Forester) departs from Deal on his voyage to the Baltic.

    Deal Kent Local media



    Deal Kent Newspapers

    Deal has one paid for newspaper, the East Kent Mercury (published by the KM Group. Free newspapers for the town include the Dover Extra, part of the KM Group; and yourdeal, part of KOS Media.


    Deal Kent Radio

    The local radio station for Deal is KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country. Deal is also served by the county-wide stations Heart, Gold and BBC Radio Kent. Deal Community Radio[6] is an online radio station jam-packed with music, interviews and information on upcoming activities at The Astor Community Theatre along with the latest news from around Kent.


    Deal Kent Sport and Leisure


    Deal has a Non-League football club Deal Town F.C., which plays at The Charles Sports Ground.

    There is a Farmer’s Market on Wednesday which sells local produce, as well as a long-running market on Saturday. The town has a thriving independent retail sector in the North End of Deal High Street, and a number of chains on the High Street, though there are some retail voids.

    The Astor Theatre in Deal offers musical performances, live theatre, exhibitions, movies, classes and clubs, and more.

    Deal, used to have two cinemas up until 1981, but these finally closed in the 1984 with the closure of the Cannon Classic in Queen Street and although a small cinema re-appeared in the former Cannon Classic Cinema building, that too closed in 2007. Deal's former bingo hall the Regent another art deco cinema building closed in 2008 and has been sold by the local council to reopen as a branch of Silver Screen Cinemas. As of January 2013, the building remains shuttered.


    Deal Kent Twin towns



    Deal Kent Notable residents


    Comedian Norman Wisdom, writer Simon Raven, television presenter Karl Pilkington, jazz musician Dick Morrissey, and actors William Hartnell, Charles Hawtrey, and Jack Scanlon all lived or live in Deal. Notable people born in the town include James Arbuthnot, John Hulke, Elizabeth Carter, Clive Metcalfe, John Stanton Fleming Morrison, and Bruce Montague, playwright Gregory Motton


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