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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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What's On in Tenterden?

  • Christmas Open Evening

    Wednesday 14th November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and kick start that festive feeling with us! ... more

  • An Evening With Richard Suart

    Friday 16th November
    Location: Newenden

    Richard Suart will play extracts from his recordings and talk of his life in opera, with special reference to English ... more

  • Christmas Mini Market & Grand Draw

    Saturday 17th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Sandhurst

    Christmas Mini Market & Grand Draw. Address: The Mission Church, Back Road, Sandhurst TN18 5DU A fundraiser for St Nicholas ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 24th November for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • Santa Specials

    Saturday 1st December
    Location: Tenterden

    Come and meet Santa this Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway on board our festively decorated steam trains! ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 1st December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 8th December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • Rachel Allen at Jempson's, Peasmarsh

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Rachel Allen will demonstating her style of practical cooking influenced by both regional and global food at Jempson's in Peasmarsh. ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 15th December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 22nd December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

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