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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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  • Beckley Village Fete

    Saturday 30th June @ noon
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Village Fete - Jubilee Field and Village Centre. ... more

  • Oberon's Cure

    Wednesday 18th July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Sandhurst

    The very popular Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be coming back to Sandhurst Recreation Ground this summer on Wednesday 18th ... more

  • Iden Village Fete

    Saturday 28th July
    Location: Iden

    A typical country village fete complete with boot fair, burgers, bands, and stalls with bargains. The ‘show rings’ include many ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Thursday 9th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Foresty fun lighting a campfire, building dens, playing games and learning woodcrafts. Suitable for children aged 6-11. Parents do not ... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Northiam Bonfire Procession & Fireworks

    Saturday 20th October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam's Bonfire Procession will be held on Saturday 20th October, leaving the Bonfire Field (on the A28 south of the ... more

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