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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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  • An Enchanted Evening - Concert

    Tuesday 27th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Iden

    Local sisters, and professional singers, Harriet Jones (soprano) and Caroline Jones (alto) are joined by Greg Tassell (tenor) and Rupert ... more

  • A Celebration of Harvest

    Friday 30th September for 3 days
    Location: Northiam

    A weekend of celebration with St Mary's Church decorated with flowers and harvest produce, with refreshments and produce on sale. ... more

  • Steps For Pets

    Sunday 2nd October @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Come and take a walk around the beautiful footpaths and lanes of Northiam starting from 10am to 1pm (last walkers ... more

  • Northiam Bonfire Procession & Fireworks

    Saturday 8th October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam's Bonfire Procession will leave the Bonfire Field (on Hastings Road) at 7.50pm on Saturday 8th October. Spectators should line ... more

  • Conan Doyle in Sussex

    Tuesday 11th October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam and District Historical and Literary Society present a talk by Dr. Geoff Doel. Free to members - Non members ... more

  • Suicide Awareness for Everyone

    Saturday 15th October @ 10:00am
    Location: St Michaels

    Half day workshop suitable for all. £15 per participant, refreshments included. ... more

  • The Bard in Newenden

    Saturday 15th October
    Location: Newenden

    The Friends of St Peter's mark Shakespeare's 400th anniversary with an evening of Shakespearean words and songs and the first ... more

  • Half Term Family Fun Day

    Wednesday 26th October @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Fancy Dress Competition to win family tickets to Kent Life. Entry 11am-2pm only. Top 5 entries will go to a ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 28th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of spooktacular fun for Halloween with pumpkins, besom brooms, twig skeletons and some campfire cooking. Bring a ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 29th October @ 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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