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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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  • Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 2nd May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Jempson’s are delighted to be hosting a number of charity Boot Fairs again this year in our Peasmarsh car park, ... more

  • Blue Cross Tea Party

    Saturday 7th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Blue Cross Northiam Tea Party would like to invite you to “paws for tea" to help homeless pets. Enjoy a ... more

  • Blossom Walk

    Sunday 8th May
    Location: Iden

    A Blossom Walk through the orchards from Barons Grange Park House, Readers Lane, Iden TN31 7UU. £5 per head, children ... more

  • Jane Austen's Emma

    Thursday 12th May for 3 days @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. She’s also a bit of a ... more

  • On The Box!

    Friday 13th May @ 7:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    On The Box! is Bowjangles' smash hit Edinburgh Fringe debut - a day in the life of a TV that's ... more

  • Tenterden Rotary Club Charity Golf Day

    Friday 20th May
    Location: Tenterden

    Teams of four, entry fee £200. 8.30 Registration 9.30 First tee time 2.00 Rolling Lunch served 3.30 Prize giving Hole ... more

  • Tenterden Lions Charity Variety Show

    Friday 20th May @ 7:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Tenor Martin Rendle and Soprano Hannah Kirk perform at the Sinden in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice and Tenterden Day ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

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

    Lots of dealers, thousands of books. Café. Free entry. Proceeds in aid of Tenterden Youth Club. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 28th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A monthly outdoor club where children aged 6-11 can explore, play and learn in the woods with campfires, mud, dens ... more

  • Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 30th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Jempson’s are delighted to be hosting a number of charity Boot Fairs again this year in our Peasmarsh car park, ... more

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