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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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  • Peasmarsh Flower Festival

    Saturday 27th May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    At St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church Lane, Peasmarsh. Our Annual Festival has the theme “Music” this year. ... more

  • May Half Term Crafts

    Saturday 27th May for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Small Hythe

    Across the May half term materials will be available for children to do self-led crafts. They will have the opportunity ... more

  • Peasmarsh Ladies Choir Summer Concert

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Peasmarsh Ladies Choir Summer Concert. Free Admission - Donations gratefully received. Venue: St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church ... more

  • Wealden Consort & DKK Choir

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Sandhurst

    Concert at St Nicholas Church, Sandhurst. In aid of the church tower fund. Tickets, £12 available from Tel 01580 850281 ... more

  • Old Herbacous

    Sunday 28th May
    Location: Small Hythe

    Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom 'Old Herbaceous' is a witty portrait of the most archetypal - and crotchety - ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 29th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 on the day - donated to Rother Responders. Free admission and parking for visitors. ... more

  • Cream Tea

    Saturday 3rd June
    Location: Iden

    Afternoon cream tea, all welcome. Tea, scones, cream and jam plenty of cake - in aid of Village Hall Funds. ... more

  • Charity Sunday Lunch

    Sunday 4th June
    Location: Tenterden

    A team of 4 from St. Mildred's Church are going out to Romania again this Summer to support the wonderful ... more

  • Photography on the iPhone/iPad

    Thursday 8th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rolvenden

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

  • Wilde without the Boy

    Friday 9th June
    Location: Small Hythe

    This award-winning dramatization of De Profundis, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his gay lover from prison, aptly comes to ... more

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