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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?

  • Mothering Sunday at KESR

    Sunday 26th March
    Location: Tenterden

    Enjoy a special Mothers’ Day treat with a visit to Tenterden’s Steam Railway. The Railway offers the perfect day out ... more

  • Dinner Evening - Italy North to South

    Thursday 30th March
    Location: Peasmarsh

    The 2nd wine dinner will explore Italian wines from North to South. 3 courses, 4 wines. £45 . Horse and ... more

  • Great Dixter Plant Fair

    Saturday 1st April for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Plant nurseries from the UK, Scotland and France will be selling and talking plants. Dogs and children free. Home made ... more

  • Easter Crafternoon

    Saturday 8th April @ 2:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Join Church on the Weald in the Rainbow Room at Tenterden Leisure Centre for a FREE afternoon of fun! Craft ... more

  • Cadbury Egg Hunt

    Friday 14th April for 4 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Small Hythe

    There's been a breakout. King Bunny's chocolate army is missing, and now it is up to you to find out ... more

  • Real Ale Train

    Saturday 15th April @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Sourcing some of the finest real ales from micro-breweries and normally including one from each of our neighbours, the Old ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 17th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitch from £5 donated to Rye Bonfire Society. Free admission and parking for visitors. ... more

  • Real Ale Train

    Saturday 29th April @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Sourcing some of the finest real ales from micro-breweries and normally including one from each of our neighbours, the Old ... more

  • Real Ale Train

    Saturday 29th April @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Sourcing some of the finest real ales from micro-breweries and normally including one from each of our neighbours, the Old ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Saturday 29th April
    Location: Northiam

    Quiz Night - Tickets £7.50 to include food. Tables of 8 - to book contact 01797 252114 or contactus@northiambonfiresociety.co.uk - ... more

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