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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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  • Tenterden Cricket Festival

    Thursday 30th July
    Location: Tenterden

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

  • Little Makers Teddy Bears Picnic

    Thursday 30th July @ 11:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    An outdoor adventure with the Sure Start centre. There will be an interactive reading of the hungry caterpillar, best dressed ... more

  • Animal Encounters

    Thursday 30th July @ 1:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Meet the cute and creepy animals of Animal Encounters such as Dinky the Pig, Vincent the Fox and Simon the ... more

  • Ladies Friendly Bowls Match

    Thursday 30th July
    Location: Tenterden

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

  • Market Day

    Friday 31st July @ 7:00am
    Location: Tenterden

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

  • Children's Fun Time

    Friday 31st July @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

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

  • Country Market

    Friday 31st July @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Tenterden Country Market at St Mildred's Church Hall, Church Lane. Contact 01580 763 003 to become a member of the ... more

  • Health Walk

    Friday 31st July @ 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

  • Summer Extravaganza

    Friday 31st July @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Kick start the summer with Tenterden Garden Centre and join us for our biggest and best family fun day ever! ... more

  • Tenterden Cricket Festival

    Friday 31st July
    Location: Tenterden

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

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