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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?

  • Tentertainment

    Saturday 2nd July @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Amazing acts - across 3 stages and 3 days. Please remember to drop money into the buckets and buy from ... more

  • Rockitmen at Tentertainment

    Saturday 2nd July
    Location: Tenterden

    The Rockitmen are pleased to announce they are back performing at Tentertainment this year after their amazing finale last year. ... more

  • Tentertainment

    Sunday 3rd July @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Amazing acts - across 3 stages and 3 days. Please remember to drop money into the buckets and buy from ... more

  • Tenterden Ballet Studios

    Sunday 3rd July @ 4:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Tenteren Ballet Studios Show ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 30th July @ 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 30th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 26th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of fun for children aged 6-11 as we mark the end of the summer with woodcrafts, campfire ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 27th August @ 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 27th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    The 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 29th August @ 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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