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Castle Community College is located within 500m of Deal Castle; the origin of its name is derived from one of the three castles commissioned by Henry VIII from 1539-1540 to protect the Kent coast from French and Spanish Troops.

The land remained open ground until the mid 1850s when the site was predominantly used for agricultural purposes. In 1889, the southern part of the site was used as a brick works. Both Park Avenue and the Tides Leisure Centre site were also brickwork sites; there was also a pub "The Brickmakers Arms" located on the corner of Mill Road which was converted to housing in 2008. The Brickworks Site was located opposite the Cemetery on what was then called Cemetery Road. The Brickworks site was originally constructed as there was a rapid demand for bricks and the site had suitable clay for use. Two small huts were built with the brickworks site but they were demolished when the brickworks site was removed in preparation for the school building.

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Old Photo of Mill Hill

More information about Deal Castle

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Before the School

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On 9th November 1935, it was announced that Mill Road would be widened. This is because the road was as narrow as a lane and 426 houses were being built along the road. Housing developed in the area in 1930 for the miners, prior to the school being built.

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On this slider, we have arranged a selection of site maps to show how the site has changed from 1873 through to 1960. Use the arrows to navigate through the maps.

1873 Site Map

In 1873, the site was mainly open ground, before the brickworks site was added in later years. Map provided by Colin Varrall.

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