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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?

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 28th July @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Health Walk

    Tuesday 28th July @ 10:15am
    Location: Tenterden

    Meet at St Andrews Catholic Church, 47 Ashford Road at 10:15am for a 10:30am start. This is a free event, ... more

  • Tenterden Cricket Festival

    Tuesday 28th July
    Location: Tenterden

    Matches every day from 26th July to 2nd August 2015. Tenterden v. Longfellows Entrance: Free ... more

  • Children's Fun Time

    Tuesday 28th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Fun for the little ones! Bring them along to jump and play on two of our fantastic bouncy castles, build ... more

  • Charity Quiz

    Tuesday 28th July
    Location: Tenterden

    Tenterden Rotary Club is helping to raise funds for ITAP to send fire engines and safety equipment to Zambia to ... more

  • Wealden Business Group

    Wednesday 29th July @ 7:00am
    Location: St Michaels

    Held at the Little Silver Country Hotel, Ashford Road. Dementia Information Session by Janet Goode and Caroline Speed - Dementia ... more

  • Tenterden Cricket Festival

    Wednesday 29th July
    Location: Tenterden

    Matches every day from 26th July to 2nd August 2015. Tenterden v. Jack Massey XI Entrance: Free ... more

  • Make it! Workshop

    Wednesday 29th July @ noon
    Location: Tenterden

    Get crafty with our trained party hosts and create some themed artwork in a fun two hour session. ... more

  • Friendly Bowls Match

    Wednesday 29th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Friendly against Cranbrook at Tenterden Bowls Club, Recreation Ground Road, TN30 6RA ... more

  • Old School Aerobics

    Wednesday 29th July @ 6:15pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Fit 'n' Funk Old School Aerobics on Wednesday evenings 6:15pm - 7:15pm. Venue: Tenterden Town Hall Contact: Suzey Kenny 07732 ... more


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