Deal, The Bandstand And The Pier 1906
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Birch's pier was a victim of the Second World War: only the tollhouses remained after the damaged structure had been pulled down to assist the needs of a coastal gun battery. However, it was replaced by a reinforced concrete structure, built from 1954 to 1957. It remains council-controlled, and popular with anglers.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

A Selection of Memories from Deal

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Deal

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This is a treasured memory, and a plea for help. I need to trace a recording of a Southern Television documentary called "Marching Orders", a film which preserves the memories and could share them with future generations In 1976 I was a rookie Programme Director with Southern Television based in their tiny studio in Dover. One of my first documentary efforts was a 25-minute film in the ...see more
being born and living in deal from the 'late fifties until the seventies' was such a wonderful part of my life, and has never left me. these photographs and memories bring it all back to me. the skating rink, boats, winches and plenty of tar! on the beach, the night ricemans went up in flames, parts of the channel freezing in the winter of '63. i lived in several houses in deal, my ...see more
Does anyone remember this B&B, located at No.2 Gladstone Road? It was run by two guys, Bryan & Michelle, one of whom was a fabulous cook. We stayed there several times back in the 70s. Wonderful hospitality! I often wonder what happened to Bryan and Michelle.
I lived at No. 16 Cowper Road from 1968 to 1978. A really lovely house, and many happy times spent there. We bought it for £5,500 and our mortgage was £20.00 a month.