|Articles on people
and events from Deal's past....
1938 Guidebook to Deal and Walmer
To help attract visitors to Deal and Walmer back in
1938, the then Deal Corporation published a 64-page
guidebook "The Book of Deal and Walmer".
DealWeb was given a surviving and we are pleased to
be able to share some of the fascinating content here
and on several linked pages. ........ to read
Remembering Cannon Street
Former Deal resident Richard Whiteside grew up in the
north end of Deal. He contacted DealWeb in August
2009 to raise questions about the Cannon Street area
of Deal and also recall his life there in the 1940s
and 1950s. ...........read more here.
Deal Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1539
and 1540. Fearful of the threat of invasion from
Catholic France and Spain, he authorised construction
of three fortresses in the area - to defend a vital
safe anchorage for shipping in the Channel known as
"The Downs". ........ to read more,
A Day in the Life of Walmer Lifeboat
A DEAL TODAY magazine feature on the Walmer
Lifeboat crew's first mission of 2007 in their new Atlantic
85 craft ...........read more here.
Deal Pier is one of the few remaining piers
in the country. Over the years there have been three
on the site with the present pier built in 1954.
.... ..... to read more on the history of Deal Pier,
Historian Arthur Percival looks at the Dutch influence
on buildings in East Kent. Although many tourist guidebooks
refer to Sandwich as a "Dutch town", there
are actually many more curly gables in Deal. He suggests
that there's scope for much more research into their
histories. ......... to read the full article,
Horatio Nelson in Deal
In the summer of 1801, the British government
decided to make an effort to destroy the flotilla Napoleon
was creating off Boulogne. The Admiralty appointed Lord
Nelson to be second-in-command of the Channel Fleet.
Nelson arrived in Deal on the evening of July 29, 1801....................
to read the full article, click
Humourist Nathaniel Gubbins
A plaque on a Beach Street house honours Nathaniel
Gubbins, the war's leading humourist who lived there
from 1946 to 1957. His articles in the Sunday Express
captured the mood of an England exhausted by bombs,
threats of invasion, rationing, queues and government
propaganda. ..... ........ to read the full article,
Nelson meets Lady Hamilton
Horatio Nelson may have had a good reason to
be grateful to the town. It provided the means for him
to meet with his mistress Emma Hamilton....................
to read the full article, click
A few stones are all that remain to mark the site
of the former Sandown Castle. Originally built by
Henry VIII in 1539, it was the northern fort of a series
of three to guard the sheltered anchorage of The Downs.
(The other two castles at Deal and Walmer remain.) Sandown
Castle was similar in design to Walmer Castle with a
circular central keep encased by four outer bastions.
Although the sea breached an outer wall in 1785, the
castle remained in use and was still fortified during
the Napoleonic Wars. However, it was largely demolished
in the late 1800s and the remaining walls incorporated
in a concrete sea wall constructed in 1989...... to
read more, see History
of Sandown Castle.
St Ethelburga's Convent and School
Deal's former convent and orphanage of St Ethelburga
is said to have been established in 1871. Some accounts
focus on its role of educating young girls under the
guidance of the Sisters of Notre Dame des Missions.
But an article in an Irish journal suggests the foundation
of the convent stemmed from the concern and dedication
of a remarkable Deal resident - a Miss Boys - some 20
years earlier.... to read more, click
The Dutch and Flemish Gables of Deal
Gordon Taylor, a past Chairman of the Isle
of Thanet Archaeological Society, reveals more on
the history of Deal's Dutch gables. Although not always
easy to see, Deal has retained more of these attractive
features than most neighbouring towns..... to
read more, click
The Goodwin Sands
The Goodwin Sands has been the downfall for
many seamen and their vessels. Deal, which lies adjacent
to the Sands, has become famous for the bravery of the
lifeboat service and local boatmen...................
to read more, click
links to articles on Deal's past on other websites
(these open in a new window)
A Short History of Deal
This short history of Deal suggests there is
archaeological evidence for Deal having been occupied
since the Stone Age. Also many Roman artefacts have
been found in the area. .... read more at www.eastkent.freeuk.com/deal/dealintro.htm
Bill Beer's East Kent Local History Pages record
some of the history of Kent's former coal mining
industry. Among the pits featured are Betteshanger,
Chislet, Guilford, Shakespeare, Snowdown, Stonehall,
Tilmanstone, Wingham and Woodnesborough.
.... read more at http://home.freeuk.net/eastkent/mining/index.htm
David Skardon's World - Deal UK
David Skardon's website draws together his personal
recollections of living in Deal and his family's links
with boating and the local coast. David was born in
Deal's Brewer Street in 1948 and, as part of a fishing
family, spent much of his early years on the beach and
in boats. The website features historic photographs
of the town's seafront and the fishing community and
their boats. Major events - including wartime incidents
in the Channel and the great storm of 1978 - are also
... see David's website at http://davidskardon.wixsite.com/skardons-world
Deal in World War II
During Walmer and Deal's wartime role in what
became known as "Hell Fire Corner", it is
estimated 65 local people were killed by bombs or shells,
59 seriously injured and close on 200 slightly injured.
Some 200 bombs and 100 shells fell on the town, resulting
in destruction or damage to nearly 5,000 properties.
............ for an illustrated account, see "Walmer
and Deal in the Front Line" on WalmerWeb.
Deal and Walmer Lifeboats
Walmer lifeboat was one of 19 lifeboats that took
part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force
from Dunkirk. Celebrating nearly 150 years of saving lives
at sea, Walmer lifeboat crews have been presented with
over 25 awards for gallantry. .......... read more
on the RNLI
website. (NB: unfortunately this webpage
has not been updated since 2006)
The following social media pages provide more recent and
current information on Walmer's lifeboat service:
Walmer Lifeboat Station: In 1856 an Appeal was
made by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
to help raise money to establish a Lifeboat Station at
Walmer. Lifeboat crew member Colin Varrall traces some
of its history since then........ read more at www.walmerweb.co.uk/history/history-lifeboatstation.html
Once the town of Deal boasted no less than three lifeboats.
Now, only the Walmer lifeboat remains. .........................
read more at http://home.freeuk.com/eastkent/walmer/walmer_lifeboat.htm.
North Deal Lifeboat Station: There's a photo of
the former lifeboat station on Deal's Beach Street in
the DealWeb "Times
Past" photo gallery.
Deal's record in the Domesday Book can be seen
by searching on "Deal" at: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/
Major local events
Important dates in the history
of Deal and Walmer. For a list
of dates from 55BC when Julius Caesar and his legions
landed on Walmer beach to the present day.... click
Northbourne Parish History
For the history and amenities
of the parish of Northbourne near Deal, the following
websites could be of interest:
Northbourne Sources at https://northbourneblog.wordpress.com/
a detailed history of Northbourne parish at
Books and publications recording the history and
features of Deal and Walmer, compiled with the help
of Kent County Council's Arts and Libraries Service.....
St Leonard's Church History
St Leonard's, the Parish Church of Deal, is
located close to the mini-roundabout at the junction
of London Road/Rectory Road/and Manor Road in Upper
Deal. It is thought a place of worship might have existed
here since Saxon times and parts of the current church
certainly date from around 1100. Alterations over subsequent
centuries have resulted in a variety of architectural
styles. The Nave and chancel contain the earliest remaining
architecture, with the original tower being added some
80 to 100 years later. A notable feature of the church
is a collection of sixteen Hatchments, one of the finest
in Britain and spanning a period between 1673 and 1865....
For a detailed illustrated history of St Leonard's Church,
note: DealWeb is not responsible for the content
of any external websites.