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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?

  • Real Ale Train

    Saturday 29th April @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Sourcing some of the finest real ales from micro-breweries and normally including one from each of our neighbours, the Old ... more

  • Real Ale Train

    Saturday 29th April @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Sourcing some of the finest real ales from micro-breweries and normally including one from each of our neighbours, the Old ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Saturday 29th April
    Location: Northiam

    Quiz Night - Tickets £7.50 to include food. Tables of 8 - to book contact 01797 252114 or contactus@northiambonfiresociety.co.uk - ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 1st May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 on the day - donated to Rye & District Community Transport. Free admission and parking for ... more

  • Clothes Sale - Nearly New

    Wednesday 17th May @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    A local charity group, Frolic, is holding a Clothes Sale of nearly new ladies & children’s clothes. All money raised ... more

  • Tenterden Food and Drink Festival

    Friday 19th May for 3 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    This will be Market Square Group's second visit to Tenterden following the successful Christmas Market in 2016. There will be ... more

  • 1940s Weekend

    Saturday 20th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Take a step back in time with a visit to the annual 1940’s Weekend at the Kent & East Sussex ... 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

  • 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

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