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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?

  • Craft Market

    Saturday 10th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Highbury Hall Craft Market with a wide variety of arts & crafts from local stallholders from Tenterden and the surrounding ... more

  • Ellen Terry's Wardrobe

    Saturday 10th October @ 2:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Tucked away in a storeroom at the back of Smallhythe Place is a collection of theatrical costumes once worn by ... more

  • Roller Disco

    Saturday 10th October @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Roller Disco with Kent Roller Disco 6:30pm - 8pm (Family Session) 8:30am - 10pm (Open Session) Roll through your Saturday ... more

  • Tenterden Footpaths Group

    Sunday 11th October
    Location: Tenterden

    Circular walk from Tenterden via Belgar and Old House Meet at Sandy Lane. ... more

  • Weekly Quiz Night

    Sunday 11th October
    Location: Tenterden

    - Up to 6 people in a team - Entry fee £1 per person ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 13th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Health Walk

    Tuesday 13th October @ 10:15am
    Location: Tenterden

    Meet at St Andrews Catholic Church, 47 Ashford Road at 10:15am for a 10:30am start. This is a free event, ... more

  • Weekly Quiz Night

    Wednesday 14th October @ 8:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    - Up to six per team - £1 entry per person ... more

  • Rolvenden Village Market

    Thursday 15th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Rolvenden

    Situated in Maytham Road just off the High Sreet and opposite the church in the Village Hall. Rolvenden is on ... more

  • Market Day

    Friday 16th October @ 7:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Market day in Tenterden. High Street 7am until 2pm and Market Square 8am until 2:30pm. ... more


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