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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?

  • Whistler And The Thames

    Tuesday 24th January @ 7:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    A talk by Freda Parker. Part of the Northiam and District Historical and Literary Society winter series ... more

  • Hush Heath Wine Dinner

    Thursday 26th January @ 7:30pm
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Learn about, and taste different Hush Heath Estate Wines from the garden of England, while enjoying canapes and 3 courses ... more

  • On Land and Sea

    Friday 27th January
    Location: Iden

    As well as managing British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) a marine mammal rescue charity and being a trustee of ... more

  • Banish The January Blues

    Saturday 28th January
    Location: Newenden

    Dinner in the White Hart. The buffet will include the choice of a European, Malaysian, Indian or Chinese main course ... more

  • Friend or Foe - The Herring Gull

    Friday 10th February
    Location: Iden

    Love them or hate them Richard Thompson, Mallydams Wood Wildlife Manager will be enlightening us about this, now red status, ... more

  • A Day out with Thomas

    Saturday 11th February for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Full details of the fun days on https://www.kesr.org.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2017/02/18/1022/212/day-out-with-thomas - lots to see and do! ... more

  • Rudyard Kipling S"534"

    Tuesday 14th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    A Talk by Gary Enstone. Part of the Northiam and District Historical and Literary Society winter series ... more

  • A Day with Thomas at Kent & East Sussex Rail

    Saturday 18th February for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Full details of the fun days on https://www.kesr.org.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2017/02/18/1022/212/day-out-with-thomas - lots to see and do! ... more

  • Scallop Pizza Demo at the Horse and Cart

    Thursday 23rd February
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Learn how to make pizza dough and how to prepare and poach the scallops and assemble and cook the pizza. ... more

  • Iceland's Natural Wonders

    Friday 24th February
    Location: Iden

    Colin Page is well known for his expertise with a camera and he is a very knowledgable all round naturalist ... more

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