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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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  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th August @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our final Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye Day Centre. Gates open at 7am and hard ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th August @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our final Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye Day Centre. Gates open at 7am and hard ... more

  • Wet Wet Wets Graeme Clark - Live 2018

    Saturday 1st September
    Location: Tenterden

    Some people just need to be busy. Sitting around looking at the sunset doesn’t feel right. Graeme Clark is one ... more

  • HopFest

    Saturday 8th September for 2 days
    Location: Tenterden

    Bring your family and friends to a weekend of Hopping Fun at Bodiam Station in East Sussex on Saturday 8th ... more

  • Rother Valley 10k Road Race

    Sunday 16th September
    Location: Northiam

    Organised by and in aid of Northiam Bonfire Society. An accurately measured road race suitable for both club and fun ... more

  • Rother Valley 10K Run

    Sunday 16th September
    Location: Northiam

    A linear road race from Kent & East Sussex (K&ESR) Northiam station to Bodiam Castle along (mainly) country lanes. This ... more

  • Rother Valley 10K Run

    Sunday 16th September
    Location: Northiam

    A linear road race from Kent & East Sussex (K&ESR) Northiam station to Bodiam Castle along (mainly) country lanes. This ... more

  • Laura Snowden - Guitar

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Iden

    Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was hand-picked by Julian Bream to give the Julian Bream Trust concerts at ... more

  • Buck Brass Trio

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Iden

    One of the leading young brass ensembles in the UK, the trio was formed in 2012 by graduates from London’s ... more

  • Saint Ronan’s Prep School Choir & Musicians

    Thursday 27th September
    Location: Iden

    The Rye Festival will feature the school’s Chamber Choir together with instrumental chamber ensembles and vocal and instrumental soloists. Music ... more

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