Not only is it a good example of the architecture used by the 16th century builders of henry VIII's fortifications, but it also has examples of the method used to strengthen the mortar between the stones, in many cases taken from religious houses destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. The builders used to insert flints into the mortar to make sure the stones were well knitted together.
When you consider that some of the stonework was taken from monasteries, (and you can still see the carvings on them) you could say not only were the stones physically knitted together but in a fairly loose way they are a knitting together of the religious with the secular.
But once I got the bit between my teeth, I realised that the whole town of Deal has various styles of architecture knitted together to make a unique whole, everything from the castles to the modern pier.
This view is taken down one of the streets leading from the seafront, showing 17th and 18th century houses looking towards the 1901 building, Lloyd Court. This was first a school, then a retirement home, then a convalescent home, and now it's a block of flats.
The beautiful old buildings seem relatively content to look out over the much more modern pier (1957).
Not only do we enjoy a great range of architecture but the community itself is knitted from many different groups: the locals (and you can't consider yourself local unless you were born here, not even after 30 years), the retired, the weekenders, and the DFLs (the Down-From-Londons). The last group with their big city ways are looked on with a certain amount of amusement by the locals, but also with tolerance.
A two-in-one post for the Photo Hunts.