Timeball Tower, Beach Street, Deal

Timeball Tower, Beach Street, Deal
Photograph taken 14 August 2002 © Mr Steve Dallison. Source Historic England Archive ref: 176935

This building was originally at the entrance to the old Navy Yard. It was one of 10 royal signal towers used to semaphore messages to the Admiralty during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1855 the tower was adapted to form a Time-Ball Tower. The ball moved up and down and gave Greenwich Mean Time to ships on the Downs. This system was in operation until 1927.


Kent Deal


Georgian (1714 - 1836)


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