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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?

  • Wealden Business Group

    Wednesday 25th November @ 7:00am
    Location: St Michaels

    Held at the Little Silver Country Hotel, Ashford Road. Presentation by Graham Card commercial finance broker. ... more

  • Weekly Quiz Night

    Wednesday 25th November @ 8:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    - Up to six per team - £1 entry per person ... more

  • Rolvenden Village Market

    Thursday 26th November @ 9:00am
    Location: Rolvenden

    Situated in Maytham Road just off the High Sreet and opposite the church in the Village Hall. Rolvenden is on ... more

  • Market Day

    Friday 27th November @ 7:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Market day in Tenterden. High Street 7am until 2pm and Market Square 8am until 2:30pm. ... more

  • Tenterden Country Market

    Friday 27th November @ 9:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Venue:The Church Hall, St Mildred's Church Hall, Church Lane, Tenterden, Kent ... more

  • Health Walk

    Friday 27th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Meet at Zion Baptist Church, High Street at 10am for a 10:15am start. Meet inside the church. This is a ... more

  • Wave Rave

    Friday 27th November @ 6:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    A special session ideal for those aged 8-14 where we add some serious sounds, games, inflatables and party with DJ ... more

  • Ferns - a Talk

    Friday 27th November @ 7:30pm
    Location: Iden

    Iden and District Natural History Society present a lecture by Paul Ripley, a member of The British Pteridological Society will ... more

  • Lone Star Comedy Club

    Friday 27th November
    Location: Tenterden

    Tickets: £15 with Supper & £10 without One of our regular comedy nights, cabaret style with supper in the interval ... more

  • Book Fair

    Saturday 28th November @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Venue: Highbury Hall, Highbury Lane TN30 6LE Contact: Barry Williams Tel: 01634 235 484 ... more


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