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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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  • Jumble Sale

    Saturday 23rd February @ 2:30am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Village Hall Trust will be holding a JUMBLE SALE on Saturday 23rd February. A great change to clear out ... more

  • Great Dixter Winter Opening Weekend

    Saturday 23rd February for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    The garden will be open across two weekends to give visitors the chance to see its more structural side, along ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Saturday 23rd February
    Location: Northiam

    We are pleased to invite you to join in our Quiz Night on Saturday 23rd February at 7.30pm in Northiam ... more

  • Art Classes

    Thursday 28th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Comprehensive, Fun, Step-by-Step, Absolute Beginners to Improvers Art Class. Meet new friends, learn new skills and create original works of ... more

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Saturday 2nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun ... more

  • Race Night

    Saturday 2nd March
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next RACE NIGHT will be held on Saturday 2nd March in the Rose & Crown, Beckley, TN31 ... more

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Sunday 3rd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun ... more

  • Great Dixter Winter Opening Weekend

    Sunday 3rd March for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    The garden will be open across two weekends to give visitors the chance to see its more structural side, along ... more

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Saturday 9th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun ... more

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Sunday 10th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun ... more

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