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Wednesday, 12 March 2008
My town

Where do I live? It could be
the South of France!
Deal Castle 

Deal Beach

Middle Street  Deal

As I still have no stitching photos that I can show yet, I thought you might like a glimpse of my home town. Although I was born in South Wales I came to live in Deal in Kent when I was around 3 years old and have lived here ever since.  

It's a small town on the south coast of Great Britain, about 9 miles from Dover. It's a really pretty town which boasts a small shopping centre, a pier and not one castle but two!  

Deal Castle in the closest to where I live, in fact I can see this castle from my bedroom window in the winter months but unfortunately, during the summer months the view is blocked by the trees. This castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539-40 as a military fort in the shape of a Tudor rose and is entirely surrounded by a very deep, wide moat. 
  
The other castle is Walmer Castle which is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.  The Duke of Wellington held this post for 23 years and the armchair in which he died, along with a pair of his original 'Wellington boots', are on display here. HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a regular visitor to this castle and there is a magnificent garden which was given to her on her 95th birthday.  

The beach is made up of large pebbles and we have lovely view over the English Channel. On a clear day we can see the coast of France.  

The pier is one of only two surviving piers in Kent. Deal's first pier was built in 1838 but was severely damage by a storm in 1857. The second pier was built in 1863 and so badly damaged by shipping that it was demolished in 1940.  The present pier was built in the early 1950s and was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1957.  

In the 1700s, Deal was notorious for what became know as the Free Trade, ie. smuggling and in 1745 it was reported that almost everyone in Deal was, to some extent, involved in smuggling! Local boatmen has false bottoms built into their boats to carry contraband goods. Illicit cargo was landed on the beach and swiftly taken, though the lanes and side alleys, to secret hiding places and many properties were joined by tunnels. A walk around Deal's Middle Street area provides many signs of the old-time local smugglers, evading capture, imprisonment or death, via the maze of narrow streets.  

I take no credit for the any of the pictures as I found them on the internet but I will try to remember to take my camera out with me and take some more photos.

Thanks for visiting my town!
Take care
Carol

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14 Comments:


  • On 12 March 2008 at 11:55, Blogger Nicole

    Your town is gorgeous Carol! I'm so envious! How wonderful it must be to live in such a beautiful place! :)

     
  • On 12 March 2008 at 12:33, Blogger Wendy

    What a lovely place to live in! Thanks for sharing the pictures and some of the history (I admit to being a history buff).

     
  • On 12 March 2008 at 14:20, Blogger Kim B

    Your town is so beautiful! It must be full of creative inspiration!!

     
  • On 12 March 2008 at 15:11, Blogger Barbeeque4

    What great snaps of your town!!! Thanks for sharing!!

     
  • On 13 March 2008 at 06:13, Blogger Rowyn

    What a great post, love the photos and the history. Brings back nice memories of my trips :-)

     
  • On 13 March 2008 at 10:00, Blogger Simone

    What a lovely town to live in! Great idea to post pictures of your hometown in your blog. Maybe we should all do that...

     
  • On 13 March 2008 at 16:11, Blogger valerie

    What a pretty town! Movies always make the UK look all cold and dreery. I've never been so it's nice to see pictures. And thanks for the help with the couching. I learned something new! :)

     
  • On 14 March 2008 at 14:30, Blogger Emily

    Looks like a lovely town. You should definitely take some of your own pics! :)

     
  • On 14 March 2008 at 18:39, Blogger handgemacht

    Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment. I admired your stitching cabinets a few days before. They are so beautiful! But I didn't left a comment because my English is so bad and small...
    Thank you also for the photos of your home town: lovely place!

    Wishing you an nice weekend,
    Barbara

     
  • On 14 March 2008 at 21:50, Blogger DaisyGirl

    I loved learning about the history of Deal. I so badly want to visit Great Britain, I just wished my husband did too!
    Donna

     
  • On 15 March 2008 at 21:52, Blogger Mylene

    Great pictures of your town. Thanks for sharing.

     
  • On 19 March 2008 at 00:27, Blogger DebW

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and for your blogging help!!

     
  • On 19 March 2008 at 18:25, Blogger Janaina

    Great place of yours!

     
  • On 8 October 2008 at 17:44, Blogger Yuko

    Oh... How could I miss this post!
    Your town is so beautiful, it's very romantic to me, as Japanese scenes are totally different!!
    I'm jealous, I want to live abroad!! like such a beautiful and romantic place!!