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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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  • Fisherman's Friend Film

    Saturday 20th July
    Location: Northiam

    Screening of acclaimed film Fisherman's Friend by Northiam Community Cinema. Come along at 6.30 and enjoy a drink and snack ... more

  • Fisherman's Friend Film

    Saturday 20th July
    Location: Northiam

    Screening of acclaimed film Fisherman's Friend by Northiam Community Cinema. Come along at 6.30 and enjoy a drink and snack ... more

  • Antique and Book Fair

    Sunday 21st July @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Plenty of stalls selling antiques, collectables and Books too. Breakfast in a roll & Roast dinners available from 12-3pm at ... more

  • Appledore Vintage and Classic Car Rally

    Sunday 21st July
    Location: Appledore

    What: The Appledore Vintage and Classic Vehicle Rally and Village Fair When: Sunday 21st July 2019 from 1030 am Where: ... more

  • Summer Family Fun Days

    Wednesday 31st July @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Affordable family fun days at Tenterden Garden Centre Activities include: - Face Painting - Cullen's Conjuring - Circus Workshop (11-12, ... more

  • Summer Family Fun Days

    Wednesday 14th August @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Affordable family fun days at Tenterden Garden Centre Activities include: - Face Painting - Crazy Science Tent - Circus Workshop ... 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

  • Rother Valley 10k Run

    Sunday 15th September
    Location: Northiam

    Bookings are open for this year's Rother Valley 10k on September 15th - www.rothervalley10k.co.uk. It's a challenging linear road race ... more

  • Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair

    Saturday 5th October for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Specialist nurseries from across Europe Entrance: included within a garden entry ticket (£9.50). Free for Friends, Annual Ticket holders and ... more

  • Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

    Friday 11th October
    Location: Tenterden

    27 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World! 2019 This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe ... more

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