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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?

  • Seeing The Light - Moths

    Friday 10th March
    Location: Iden

    Keith Palmer has given us lectures on Lichens and Plant Galls. Keith runs a moth trap in his garden and ... more

  • The Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral

    Saturday 11th March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Newenden

    The boy Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral, and their organist and Director of Music, Dr David Flood, perform for the Friends ... more

  • A Wealden Woman S War

    Tuesday 14th March @ 7:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    A talk by Penny Harris. Part of the Northiam and District Historical and Literary Society winter series ... more

  • St Patricks's Real Ale Train

    Friday 17th March @ 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

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 18th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society’s next Craft Fayre will be held in Northiam Village Hall. There will be over 30 varied, quality ... more

  • "Out of the Deep"

    Saturday 18th March
    Location: Benenden

    A Concert by the Tongswood Chamber Choir. Sacred music for Lent and Passiontide at St George's Church, Benenden. Doors open ... more

  • Woodland Birds

    Friday 24th March
    Location: Iden

    The AGM is usually a short affair, which will be followed by Melvin Smith’s talk on Woodland Birds. Iden Natural ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 25th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

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

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 25th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

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

  • Mothering Sunday at KESR

    Sunday 26th March
    Location: Tenterden

    Enjoy a special Mothers’ Day treat with a visit to Tenterden’s Steam Railway. The Railway offers the perfect day out ... more

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