Royal Marine Depot, Deal

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The Royal Marine Depot, Deal (also called the Royal Marine Depot, Walmer) was a military installation occupied by the Royal Marines and located in South Deal, Kent, on the road to Walmer. The Depot (for training Royal Marine recruits) was first established in Deal in 1861,[1] occupying part of the Royal Naval Hospital (which was linked to H.M. Naval Yard, Deal).[2] In 1868 the Depot expanded and took over the nearby 18th-century Army barracks.

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Royal Marine Depot, Deal
Deal, Kent
Admiralty Mews (formerly East Barracks)
Royal Marine Depot, Deal is located in Kent
Royal Marine Depot, Deal
Royal Marine Depot, Deal
Location within Kent
Coordinates51.2175°N 1.4022°E / 51.2175; 1.4022
TypeRoyal Marines Base
Site history
Built forWar Office
ArchitectJames Johnson, John Sanders, Edward Holl et al.
In use1793-1996
Garrison information
OccupantsRoyal Marines

From 1930, Deal served as the headquarters of the Royal Naval School of Music (founded in 1903 to provide Royal Marines bands for ships of the Royal Navy).[3] Renamed the Royal Marines School of Music after the Second World War, it expanded to provide musical training for both junior and senior recruits for all 36 Royal Marines bands.

In 1977 the training Depot closed; the site then became the headquarters of the newly re-formed 41 Commando and was renamed Royal Marines, Deal (however 41 Commando was disbanded just four years later).[3] In 1988 parts of the site were demolished and sold for housing, leaving only the Royal Marines School of Music, which remained at Deal until 1996 whereupon it relocated to HMNB Portsmouth.