St. George's Pssge
Market Street, Deal, looking east from Middle Street
The picture above shows Market Street as it looks today - little
changed for a century or more. It was taken from the junction with
Middle Street, looking east towards the sea front.
No, you're not seeing things: the streets in Deal really do go up
from the town centre to the sea front! They really are this
narrow, too, in places. Market Street, like most of the
roads leading from the sea front, is only just wide enough for one car
to get through.
The shop on the corner (left foreground) was once run by June's
grandmother as an ice-cream shop. The picture below shows the shop
This used to be the ice cream shop on the corner of Market Street
and Middle Street
The brown double-fronted building centre right used to be a Sunday
School. The house with the bricked-up windows is now the take-away
part of an Indian Restaurant.
Market Street (south side)
Below is the view looking north from the same vantage point, along
Middle Street, Deal, looking north from Market Street
The building on the left at the curve of the road used to be St.
George's School. Like all schools of that time, there were
separate sections for boys and girls. Past this on the left
is the entrance to St. George's Passage, leading to the High Street and
St George's church..
St George's Passage looking east from the High Street
||These pages contains pictures and brief
descriptions of some of the older parts of Deal. If there are any
specific parts of the town you would like to see, please let us know and
we will try and get pictures for you.
All photos on this site copyright Bill Beer 1999.
You are free to use these pictures to illustrate your own family
history as long as you acknowledge the copyright.
Timeball Tower, Deal
Once a signalling station for providing time signals to shipping, the
Timeball Tower on Deal sea front is now a museum.
The area where the tower stands was once a naval shipyard, building
and repairing ships of the line. The tower was originally fitted
with semaphore arms to signal to ships in the Downs, but these were
later replaced with the ball.
At a few minutes before 1pm every day, the ball would be hoisted to
the top of the pole on the roof. At 1pm precisely, a telegraph
signal from Greenwich would release the ball, which would fall under the
influence of gravity. This signal would allow ships in the Downs
to set their chronometers accurately before embarking on voyages around
The ball (a light-weight replica of the original) is now raised and
dropped from inside the tower at various times during the day when the
museum is open during the summer.