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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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What's On in Tenterden?

  • The Anniversary

    Thursday 29th June @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Performed in the Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, 'The Anniversary' is a dark farce. Family rifts occur throughout, and the ... more

  • Peasmarsh Primary School Summer Fair

    Saturday 1st July @ noon
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Delicious food and drink, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, balloons, games, raffle, arts and crafts stalls, karate and dance presentations ... more

  • Hamlet

    Thursday 6th July
    Location: Small Hythe

    Following the murder of the King, Hamlet finds himself questioning the world around him when his father's ghost returns to ... more

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Friday 7th July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Performed by East 15 Acting School in the Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place. The theatre tea-room will be open from ... more

  • Video on the iPhone/iPad

    Thursday 13th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rolvenden

    Do you love making videos with your iPad or iPhone but want to do much more with them? This course ... more

  • 'My Dear Miss Terry'

    Monday 17th July
    Location: Small Hythe

    'My Dear Miss Terry' brings an intriguing and almost contemporary feel to the Victorian correspondence which began in 1892 - ... more

  • Blue Hills Rememered

    Thursday 20th July for 9 days @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Set in a rural idyll in 1943, the cruel games of the children provide a stark contrast to their tranquil ... more

  • A Day Out with Thomas

    Saturday 22nd July for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Have an enchanting day out at the Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden on 22, 23 and 24 July ... more

  • Summer Crafts Seaside Theme

    Wednesday 26th July @ noon
    Location: Small Hythe

    Smallhythe Place is getting creative this summer with six weeks of themed craft sessions. Every Wednesday between 12-3pm children can ... more

  • Summer Crafts - Jungle Animals

    Wednesday 2nd August @ noon
    Location: Small Hythe

    Smallhythe Place is getting creative this summer with six weeks of themed craft sessions. Every Wednesday between 12-3pm children can ... more

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