Deal, a municipal borough and sea-bathing place of Kent, on a bold open beach, near the south extremity of the Downs, between North and South Foreland, 89 miles by rail ESE. of London. Till 1885 it was part of the parliamentary borough of Sandwich. A line anchorage extends 7 or 8 miles between Deal and the Goodwin Sands. Deal has mainly arisen to supply the wants of the numerous vessels in the Downs, its chief industries being connected with boat-building, sail-making, piloting, victualling, etc. The handsome iron promenade pier was erected in 1864. Pop. (1851) 7067; (1901) 10,580. Deal has been one of the Cinque Porta since the 13th century. Of the three castles built by Henry VIII. in 1539, Deal Castle is the residence of its 'captain;' Sandown Castle (where Colonel Hutchinson died), to the north of Deal, was pulled down in 1864 on account of the inroads of the sea; and, to the south, Walmer Castle is now the official residence of the Warden of the Cinque Ports. See Chapman's Deal: Past and Present (1891).