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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?

  • 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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 3rd June @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of holiday fun for children aged 6-11, when we will have a campfire, play games and try ... more

  • Nelson - The Sailors' Story

    Friday 10th June for 3 days @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Written and performed by Nicholas Collett Directed by Gavin Robertson Sound Design by Danny Bright Inspirational hero. Flawed maverick. Tactical ... more

  • Wealden Literary Festival

    Saturday 18th June for 2 days
    Location: Woodchurch

    Wealden Literary Festival – a celebration of nature and place through literature. Inspiring talks by nature and travel writers at ... more

  • Northiam Midsdummer Festival

    Saturday 18th June @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Midsummer Festival and Family Fun Day on Northiam Playing Fields (TN33 6LS) from 11am . Something for everyone, with a ... more

  • Oakfest

    Saturday 18th June @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye Foreign

    If you’re out and about on Saturday June 18th, don’t miss this……..a music festival with a lovely ‘laid back atmosphere’ ... more

  • Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

    Thursday 23rd June for 4 days
    Location: Peasmarsh

    The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival aims to bring world-class musicians to this small corner of rural East Sussex allowing audiences ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 25th June @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

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

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