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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 Fair for Christmas

    Saturday 7th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next Craft Fair will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 7th December 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 7th December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built Grotto every weekend from 23rd November until 22nd December. Entry £6 per child, ... more

  • SEN Grotto Visits

    Friday 13th December @ 3:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    We believe Christmas should be a fun, safe and magical experience for all. This year for SEN children and their ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 14th December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built Grotto every weekend from 23rd November until 22nd December. Entry £6 per child, ... more

  • Multi Stall Market Appledore Village Hall

    Friday 20th December for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    A 2 day extravaganza last minute shopping with a difference high quality craft and food goods lots of stalls. Raffle ... more

  • SEN Grotto Visits

    Friday 20th December @ 3:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    We believe Christmas should be a fun, safe and magical experience for all. This year for SEN children and their ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 21st December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built Grotto every weekend from 23rd November until 22nd December. Entry £6 per child, ... more

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