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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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  • Christmas Open Evening

    Wednesday 22nd November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and kick start that festive feeling with us! Festivities on the evening ... more

  • Christmas Mini Market & Grand Draw

    Saturday 25th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Sandhurst

    Saturday 25th November from 10am to 1pm. Christmas stalls, soup, refreshments and grand draw. Come do some Christmas shopping! Proceeds ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 25th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

  • Santa Special

    Saturday 2nd December for 23 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Santa Specials 2017 - Meet Santa at the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Take a magical steam train journey to ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 2nd December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Sunday 3rd December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

  • Tongswood Choir Advent Carol Concert

    Sunday 3rd December
    Location: Sandhurst

    Tongswood Choir Advent Carol Cocert at St Nicholas Church, Sandhurst. Tickets £12.50 including refreshments available from Tel 01580 850 133 ... more

  • The Rocks Beneath Our Feet' By Ken Brooks

    Friday 8th December
    Location: Iden

    Ken founded the Hastings & District Geological Society in 1992. He is a well known tutor of geology and palaeontology ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 9th December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

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

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

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