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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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  • Dutch King’s Day with Mr Stone

    Friday 27th April
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Enjoy some live music from Mr Stone and the gang, with some overseas specialities & snacks (maybe even some spirits...) ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 7th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our second Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye & District Community Transport. Gates open at 7am ... more

  • 1940's Weekend

    Saturday 19th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Another action packed 1940s weekend at the Kent & East Sussex Railway Magnificent steam trains will be joined by a ... more

  • QuiNight

    Saturday 26th May
    Location: Northiam

    Come and join in our Quiz Night on Saturday 26th May, 7.30pm in Northiam Village Hall. Teams of 8, £6 ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 28th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our third Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye Hospital. Gates open at 7am and hard standing ... more

  • Beckley Village Fete

    Wednesday 30th May @ noon
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Village Fete - Jubilee Field and Village Centre. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Thursday 31st May @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Foresty fun lighting a campfire, building dens, playing games and learning woodcrafts. Suitable for children aged 6-11. Parents do not ... more

  • Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

    Thursday 21st June for 4 days
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival - nine concerts over four days, it is a significant event in the regional cultural calendar. ... more

  • Northiam Mid Summer Festival & Fun Day

    Saturday 23rd June @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Organised and in aid of Northiam Bonfire Society. A Festival full of fun attractions and to include a Craft Faye, ... more

  • Oberon's Cure

    Wednesday 18th July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Sandhurst

    The very popular Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be coming back to Sandhurst Recreation Ground this summer on Wednesday 18th ... more

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