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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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  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAYRE will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

    Saturday 6th April for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    At half-hourly intervals throughout the day, Nurserymen will give talks at their stalls on plants of particular interest. N.B. Times ... more

  • Multi Market

    Friday 12th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Multi-Market open from 10am - 2pm including Science table & Magician table and lots of stalls and ... more

  • Hall of Crafts at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall

    Saturday 13th April @ 11:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    The Hall Of Crafts / Art Show is being held at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall. All handmade crafts and arts sold ... more

  • Mini Food Market

    Saturday 20th April @ noon
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Lots of food stalls, Cakes, Bakes, Sweets, Jams, Chillies and many more. Café open Free Parking, Free ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

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

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport) ... more

  • 1940s Weekend

    Saturday 18th May for 2 days
    Location: Tenterden

    Enjoy period music, dancers, vehicles, displays and entertainment along the line and travel by steam train!  Treat yourself at our ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital) gates open at ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 26th August @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Day Centre) gates open ... more

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