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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?

  • Millies on Monday Parent and Toddler Group

    Monday 30th March @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    The Glebe Hall, Church Road TN30 6AT This popular Parent and Toddler Group in Tenterden meets weekly in term time. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Monday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Holiday Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £20 per child.Booking is ... more

  • Woolpack Quiz Night

    Monday 30th March @ 7:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Hosted in the bar. Entry £1 (+£5 for food, served during the interval). Teams of up to 8. 8 rounds ... more

  • Meet the Candidates

    Tuesday 31st March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Northiam

    For all constituents of whatever polticial persuasion or none to meet Huw Merriman the new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the ... more

  • Easter Steam Up

    Friday 3rd April for 4 days @ 10:45am
    Location: Tenterden

    Good Friday sees a celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of locomotive number 32678 on the line. This locomotive was ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 6th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rye Bonfire Society). Gates open at 7am, no need ... more

  • Half Term Roller Disco

    Monday 6th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    £5 per ticket (adults or children). Roll through this half term with this family orientated roller disco! Skates & safety ... more

  • Spring Open Day

    Saturday 11th April @ 10:00am
    Location: St Michaels

    Silcocks Farm Shop and Café ... more

  • Half Term Roller Disco

    Monday 13th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    £5 per ticket (adults or children). Roll through this half term with this family orientated roller disco! Skates & safety ... more

  • Abba Tribute Night

    Wednesday 15th April @ 7:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Abba Tribute Night in aid of Hi Kent at Raja of Kent, Biddenden Road, St Michael's, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6SX. ... more


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