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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?

  • Market Day

    Friday 4th September @ 7:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Market day in Tenterden. High Street 7am until 2pm and Market Square 8am until 2:30pm. ... more

  • Tenterden Country Market

    Friday 4th September @ 9:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Venue:The Church Hall, St Mildred's Church Hall, Church Lane, Tenterden, Kent ... more

  • Health Walk

    Friday 4th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Meet at Zion Baptist Church, High Street at 10am for a 10:15am start. Meet inside the church. This is a ... more

  • Golf Day and Dinner

    Friday 4th September
    Location: St Michaels

    Annual Charity Golf Day returns to London Beach ... Plent of prizes (Individual and Pairs) and tee times available from ... more

  • Head Gardener Walk at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    Monday 7th September @ 9:15am
    Location: Sissinghurst

    Join Troy on an exclusive tour of the garden before we open. Enjoy the chance to hear from the expert ... more

  • Health Walk

    Tuesday 8th September @ 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

  • Weekly Quiz Night

    Wednesday 9th September @ 8:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    - Up to six per team - £1 entry per person ... more

  • Rolvenden Village Market

    Thursday 10th September @ 9:00am
    Location: Rolvenden

    Situated in Maytham Road just off the High Sreet and opposite the church in the Village Hall. Rolvenden is on ... more

  • Market Day

    Friday 11th September @ 7:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Market day in Tenterden. High Street 7am until 2pm and Market Square 8am until 2:30pm. ... more

  • Police Surgery

    Friday 11th September @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Police Surgeries are held inside a community location - an opportunity to speak one-to-one with an officer. ... more

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