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Summer’s end?

Posted in Deal, England by folkestonejack on August 29, 2015

The second part of our last summer day trip brought us to Deal Castle, one and a half miles along the coast from Walmer Castle.

Deal Castle was one of three artillery forts defending the Downs (a sheltered stretch of water between the coast and the Goodwin Sands) and the only to retain something of its original appearance (Walmer Castle has been adapted into a residence, whilst Sandown Castle was largely demolished in the late-nineteenth century).

Deal Castle

Deal Castle

A wander around the empty interior of the castle takes a little over half an hour and makes an interesting contrast with Walmer Castle. A degree of modernisation took place here in 1732, including the creation of a new residence built out from the keep, known as the Captain’s House. A German bomb put paid to this addition in the Second World War, allowing the post-war restoration of the earlier layout.

In addition to our short visit to the castle we managed to make it to the King’s Head for a pub lunch and took a stroll along the pier before the clouds rolled in and delivered the first spots of rain. It looked like the end of the bank holiday sun, but will this be summer’s end too?

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