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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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What's On in Tenterden?

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Spociety's somewhat delayed Summer Festival will be held on Northiam Playing Fields on Saturday 7th August. We will ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's Summer Festival is a chance to relax, listen to live music with local beers, ciders and food ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear out! Stallholders from 9am - please bring cash to pay on the gate: £10 for ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear-out! Northiam Village Hall's annual Boot Sale is on Sunday 8th August. Stallholders from 9am, Open ... more

  • Multi Stall Market

    Sunday 15th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Lots of stall including Cakes and bakes, Haberdashery, Jams and Chutneys, Sweet Shop, Fruit and Veg, Artisan Breads, Antiques, Books, ... more

  • Antique Collectors and Book Fair

    Sunday 29th August @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Lots of stalls with Pottery, Gold and Silver Jewellery, Maps, Books, Mirrors, Postcards, Glassware, Curios, China, Stoneware and lots more, ... more

  • Beckley Church Fete

    Monday 30th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Church Fete - Bank Holiday Monday Fun for all including:- - brass band - dog show with prizes - ... more

  • Great Northiam Run

    Sunday 19th September
    Location: Northiam

    Formerly Rother Valley 10k, The Great Northiam Run starts at Northiam Playing Fields and follows a 10km measured route out ... more

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