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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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  • Land of the Midnight Sun

    Friday 28th November @ 7:30pm
    Location: Iden

    Brian Gallop will give this Winter lecture. Arranged by the Iden & District Natural History Society. Visitors pay £3. Venue: ... more

  • Tenterden Book Fair

    Saturday 29th November @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Fifteen book dealers will have second hand books for sale on a wide range of subjects. Refreshments available. Entry free. ... more

  • Christmas Craft Fair

    Sunday 30th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Christmas Craft Fair at Beckley Village Centre, Main Street, Beckley,TN31 6RN. Santa's Grotto, Face Painting, Mulled Wine, Stalls and much ... more

  • Christmas Craft Fayre

    Saturday 6th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    An indoor Christmas Craft Fayre organised by and in aid of Northiam Bonfire Society, in Northiam Village Hall, Frewen Close, ... more

  • Rat Pack Tribute

    Wednesday 10th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Beckley

    Music Nights at Simply Italian - three course menu, ticket entrance only. Venue: Simply Italian, The Strand, Rye,TN31 7DB. To ... more

  • Christmas Tree Festival at Wittersham Church

    Friday 12th December for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Christmas Tree Festival - Wittersham Church. We invite you to our second Christmas Tree Festival back by popular demand. Local ... more

  • Wayside Plants

    Friday 12th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Iden

    Susan Scriven will give this Winter lecture. Arranged by the Iden & District Natural History Society. Visitors pay £3. Venue: ... more

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