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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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  • Multi Stall Market Appledore Village Hall

    Saturday 7th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    We are in our second year and we have had good reviews. Come along and see what's on offer inc ... more

  • The Active Cafe

    Sunday 8th March @ 11:00am
    Location: Appledore

    This is the Grand opening of the new café at the Appledore Village Hall TN26 2AF that you can come ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 14th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAIR will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 14th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Jumble Sale

    Saturday 21st March @ 2:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    Jumble Sale - Northiam Village Hall 2.30-4pm. Donations to the Hall 10-12. Northiam Village Hall Trust. ... more

  • Antique and Collectors Fair

    Sunday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Fair is in it's second year and has good reviews 17 stalls selling Antiques, Books, jewellery, pottery, ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 13th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am. ... more

  • Kent Police Male Voice Choir

    Saturday 25th April
    Location: Northiam

    FOSM is delighted to welcome the Kent Police Male Voice Choir who will perform in St Mary’s Church on Saturday ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 25th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital). Gates open at 7am. Free admission & ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 31st August @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Day Centre). Gates open at 7am. Free admission ... more

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