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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?

  • Multi Stall Market

    Saturday 21st May @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of Stalls with homemade and handmade goods including, Jams Chutneys, Honey, Cakes and bakes, Vintage wares, gifts, Wacky Candles, ... more

  • Antique and Book Fair

    Sunday 22nd May @ 9:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of stalls offering Pottery, Glass ware, Ceramics, Toys, Mirrors, Jewellery, Clocks, Books, Postcards, Artwork, Curios, Prints, Model Cars, Retro, ... more

  • David Austin Evening

    Thursday 9th June @ 6:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Andrew Rollings, an expert from the David Austin team will present tips for pruning and caring for your roses, to ... more

  • Multi Stall Market

    Saturday 18th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of Stalls selling Handmade and Homemade goods including. Haberdashery, Cakes and Bakes, Knitted goods, Honey, Wacky Candles, Jewellery, Woodwork, ... more

  • Antique and Book fair

    Sunday 19th June @ 9:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of Stalls Selling Vintage and Antiques including Car memorabilia, Pottery, Glass, militaria, Books, Paste Jewellery, Postcards, Toys and lots ... more

  • Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

    Thursday 23rd June for 4 days
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival aims to bring world-class musicians of international standing to this small corner of rural East Sussex ... more

  • Real Ale Train

    Friday 24th June @ 6:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Enjoy Real Ale and Cider aboard one of our historic locomotives as it ambles through the beautiful countryside to Bodiam ... more

  • Northiam Midsummer Festival

    Saturday 25th June
    Location: Northiam

    We invite you to join us for a lazy day browsing craft stalls, listening to music and sampling local beers ... more

  • Classic Vehicles at Northiam Midsummer Festoval

    Saturday 25th June
    Location: Northiam

    Come along for a trip down memory lane - or show your wonderful vehicle! Share your Classic car, motorcycle, tractor, ... more

  • Appledore Classic Car Rally

    Sunday 17th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    APPLEDORE VINTAGE & CLASSIC VEHICLE RALLY. This event is fast becoming the largest in the area and is growing year ... more

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