CT14 (Deal) area guide
The CT14 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Betteshanger, Deal, Eastry, Finglesham, Great Mongeham, Hacklinge, Ham, Kent, Kingsdown, Little Mongeham, Middle Deal and Sholden, Mill Hill, North Deal, Northbourne, Ringwould, Ripple, Sandwich, Sholden, St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, Tilmanstone, Walmer, Worth.
Deal lies on the English Channel in Kent. Deal’s history dates back to Roman times, as it is believed that Julius Caesar landed on the Deal coast in 55 BC. It was in present day Deal that Caesar first stepped foot on British soil, or so it is believed. Deal is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Deal is a very interesting port due to the presence of the Goodwin Sands. This ten mile long sand bank is located six miles east of Deal in the English Channel. The Goodwin Sands then turn into an area called The Downs which provides anchorage for the ships coming into Deal. Deal has no harbour, so The Downs allowed Deal to thrive as a shipping and military port. During the 13th century, Deal was considered a Limb Port to the Cinque Ports of England. In 1278, Deal was well established as a port and was at one point the busiest port in England.
In the 1600s Deal was flourishing as a port town. The shelter provided by The Downs was a haven for sailing ships. You can see hundreds of ships at a time anchored at Deal; this port haven brought much prosperity to the area. However, with prosperity came heavy smuggling. In 1784, the Prime Minister William Pitt sent soldiers to Deal to combat this smuggling. Because of a recent storm, all the ships were on the beach. The soldiers took advantage of this and set fire to them all. The smugglers did not stop though, as they were very industrious in their smuggling. Indeed, many of the old houses from this era have tunnels for the smugglers.
In the 19th century steam ships were invented, so the shelter of the Deal port was less important. The town saw a drop in its significance, and soon changed from a trade port to a seaside resort. Deal’s first pier was built in 1857; then, an iron pier was built in 1864 to replace the old wooden one. Today’s pier was opened in 1957 and contains lounges and bars as well as a fishing deck.
Today Deal has a population of about 34,000, while the whole of the Canterbury postcode has about 440,000 residents. The average house price in Deal is close to the national average. CT14 has a good mix of property types; detached houses make up 20 per cent of the housing stock available, while semi-detached houses constitute 32 per cent. Terraces comprise 37 per cent of the housing stock and flats make up 13 per cent.
The Maltings is one of the more desirable and expensive streets in CT14. The average price for properties on this street is £480,000, making it well above the average. For residents of The Maltings the nearest primary school is The Downs Church of England Primary School located on Downs Road and your nearest secondary school is Walmer Science College on Salisbury Road. The Maltings is not just conveniently located to schools, but also has many local amenities. There is a Post Office close by on Dover Road and there is also a petrol station close by for car owners. The Maltings contains large, detached homes.
One of the most residential streets is St Richards Road, where a property can be bought for around £165,000. This street contains terraces, flats and semi-detached properties. St Richards Road is an ideal location for people with young children who attend St Marys Catholic Primary School as it is on the same road. Also there is a Post Office nearby on Beauchamp Avenue.
Castle Walk is one of the more affordable places to live in CT14, and is ideal for those looking to pay a little less, or snap up a bargain. The properties here are flats and terraces and homes can be bought for around £60,000. This street is located very close to the coast and is also near schools. The nearest primary school is Sandown School on Golf Road while the closest secondary school is on London Road.
Deal Railway Station serves the town and is located on Queen Street . It has routes to London, Dover as well as many other cities and towns.
Deal currently has two weekly markets. The farmer’s market takes place every Wednesday at the town hall, on High Street. This market features local produce and delicious food. The Saturday market features clothes, jewellery, toys, smongst other things and is located on Union Road.
Deal’s seafront is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. The area has a range of shops, restaurants and cafés. For a more lively area, Deal town has the amenities of a big city. A great boutique in Deal is located on Stanhope Road and is called Tamarisk Boutique. Also, when in Deal, a trip to Sara’s Chocolates on Middle Street is highly recommended.
There are many historic places to visit while in Deal. The Maritime and Local History Museum on St Georges Road details Deal’s interesting history. The town also has two beautiful castles that are both well worth a visit. Deal Castle is rugged and exciting to explore and can be found on Marine Road. The Walmer Castle is located on Kingsdown Road and has beautiful gardens, along with the gorgeous castle. Both of the castles were built by Henry VIII and have Tudor designs.
Deal features many facilities for outdoor fun. The Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, on Golf Road, is a perfect place for golfers to play and enjoy the beautiful town of Deal. The Fowlmead Country Park is filled with walking routes, cycling paths and beautiful nature reserves. On Park Avenue is the Tides Leisure Centre with a pool and many activities. Finally, Cottington Lakes on Sandwich Road provides many lakes for fishing and leisure.