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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?

  • Summer Crafts - Garden

    Wednesday 23rd August @ noon
    Location: Small Hythe

    Smallhythe Place is getting creative this summer with six weeks of themed craft sessions. Every Wednesday between 12-3pm children can ... more

  • Swing Night at Rolvenden Church

    Sunday 27th August @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rolvenden

    Enjoy an evening of the very best songs from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart & many ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 28th August @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 on the day - donated to Rye Day Centre. Free admission and parking for visitors. ... more

  • The Walrus and the Carpenter

    Monday 28th August @ 4:00pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Lewis Carroll's poetic characters are brought to life with this comic puppet show in the garden. There's also a pre-show ... more

  • Comic Heroes Family Fun Day

    Wednesday 30th August @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Join us for our final comic book themed family fun day and like most fictional stories we end with the ... more

  • Summer Crafts - Bugs and Insects

    Wednesday 30th August @ noon
    Location: Small Hythe

    Smallhythe Place is getting creative this summer with six weeks of themed craft sessions. Every Wednesday between 12-3pm children can ... more

  • Hop Fest Family fun

    Saturday 9th September for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Take the steam train from Tenterden and enjoy a weekend of Hopping Fun at Bodiam Station in East Sussex on ... more

  • Tenterden Lions Classic Car Show

    Sunday 10th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Tenterden Lions Classic Car Show at Little Halden Place Farm, Cranbrook Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6UL Celebrating 100 years of ... more

  • Orchard Day

    Saturday 16th September @ 11:00am
    Location: Small Hythe

    Whether you're looking for a family day out, a gift for someone special, or just to do something different, Orchard ... more

  • Rother Valley 10k Run

    Sunday 17th September
    Location: Northiam

    A linear road race from K&ESR Northiam station to Bodiam Castle along (mainly) country lanes. This 10k race is open ... more

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