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Tenterden

Tenterden in Kent

Nestling in the heart of the Weald of Kent, Tenterden, rich in history, has largely escaped much modern development and has consequently retained its charm. It has an attractive, broad tree-lined High Street, brimming with interesting shops that have something for everyone.

It is believed that the name Tenterden is derived from the Old English 'Tenet Waraden' which meant a clearing in the forest, belonging to the men of Thanet.

Tenterden was an important wool trading centre in the 13th century and became prosperous. It is difficult to believe today that Tenterden had access to the sea at Smallhythe, since the coastline has altered so much. Using the wood from the Wealden Forest as its source of timber, Smallhythe was a centre for shipbuilding and produced wooden ships that were large for the time. In 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the prestigious Federation of Cinque Ports, and was able to enjoy all the privilege and status which this position brought.

Dating from the 12th century the the distinctive tower of the Parish Church of St Mildred can be seen from the High Street. To get an insight into the history of Tenterden pay a visit to the local museum which has exhibits spanning one thousand years.

William Caxton, who pioneered printing in England is believed to have been born in Tenterden. The actress Dame Ellen Terry lived at Smallhythe.

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  • A Few of my Favourite Things

    Friday 9th December
    Location: Iden

    Norman Sims and wife Jenny are frequently to be seen cycling around the lanes on Walland and Dengemarsh accompanied by ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Saturday 10th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Sunday 11th December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • "Going the Rounds" The Marsh Warblers

    Sunday 11th December
    Location: Sandhurst

    Gallery Carols & Readings from Thomas Hardy's "Under the Greenwood Tree" with The Marsh Warblers, a West Gallery Quire at ... more

  • Lifeguard Training

    Monday 12th December for 6 days @ 8:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    £299 or free (subject to conditions). 16+ years. Contact Dean Blackford 01580 765987. ... more

  • Everest Pioneer-The Photographs Of Captain John No

    Tuesday 13th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    Part of the Northiam Hist. and Lit. 2016/7 Season. Members free Visitors £2 ... more

  • Celebrity Chef John Torode

    Friday 16th December @ 6:00pm
    Location: Peasmarsh

    BBC Masterchef's John Torode will be visiting Jepson's Peasmarsh Superstore - where he will be demonstrating his culinary skills to ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Saturday 17th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Sunday 18th December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • Christmas Craft and Play Afternoon

    Sunday 18th December @ 2:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Free fun for all the family in the Rainbow Room. Christmas Crafts Face Painting Toddler Play Corner Festive Nail Painting ... more

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