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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?

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 26th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of fun for children aged 6-11 as we mark the end of the summer with woodcrafts, campfire ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 27th August @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Lots of dealers, thousands of books. Café. Free entry. Proceeds in aid of Tenterden Youth Club. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 27th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    The monthly outdoor club where children aged 6-11 can explore, play and learn in the woods with campfires, mud, dens ... more

  • Appledore Flower Festival

    Saturday 27th August for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    '90 Years Ago' Appledore Church Bank Holiday Weekend 27th, 28th, 29th August Sat / Mon: 10am - 5:30pm Sun: 12 ... more

  • Flower Festival

    Saturday 27th August for 3 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Iden

    All Saints Church, Iden ( two miles north of Rye on the Wittersham Road) is holding a Flower Festival with ... more

  • 1940s Night at Rolvenden Church

    Sunday 28th August @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rolvenden

    Rye Bay Crew perform a 1940s evening in the beautiful setting of Rolvenden Church. All your favourite songs from the ... more

  • Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 29th August @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Jempson’s are delighted to be hosting a number of charity Boot Fairs again this year in our Peasmarsh car park, ... more

  • Beckley Church Fete and Fun Dog Show

    Monday 29th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Beckley

    A Traditional Village Summer Fete: Bric-a-brac – Antiques – Bowl for the Gammon – Hoopla – Beat the Goalie – ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Thursday 1st September @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • Biddenden Cider Express

    Friday 2nd September
    Location: Tenterden

    If fine Kentish Cider is your first choice of refreshment, then why not try a variety of Biddenden's award winning ... more

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