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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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  • Indoor Craft Fayre

    Saturday 7th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Indoor Craft Fayre organised by and in aid of Northiam Bonfire Society, being held at Northiam Village Hall, Frewen Close, ... more

  • Games Evening

    Saturday 7th March @ 3:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Games Evening - all welcome. Venue: Tenterden Day Centre, Church Road, Tenterden. £5 per head, bring your own food, tables ... more

  • Flea and Collector's Market

    Sunday 15th March @ 9:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Flea and Collector's Market at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall. For further details contact 01797 230568. Proceeds in aid of Hall Funds. ... more

  • Elite Player Swindle

    Friday 27th March @ 3:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Elite Player Swindle at London Beach Golf Hotel and Spa, Ashford Road, Tenterden, TN30 6HX. Nine holes - £25 entry, ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 28th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £10 per child.Booking is essential ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Monday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Holiday Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £20 per child.Booking is ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 6th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rye Bonfire Society). Gates open at 7am, no need ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

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

    Wild Woodland Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £10 per child.Booking is essential ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 4th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am, ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 4th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am, ... more

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