infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Tenterden
latitude= 51.069620
longitude= 0.689800
population = 7,613 [ [http://www.ashford.gov.uk/about_the_borough/towns_and_villages/tenterden.aspx Ashford Borough Council] Census 2001]
civil_parish= Tenterden
shire_district= Ashford
shire_county= Kent
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Ashford
post_town= TONBRIDGE
postcode_district = TN30
postcode_area= TN
dial_code= 01580
os_grid_reference= TQ885334

Tenterden is a small town in the Ashford District of Kent, England. It stands on the edge of the Weald, overlooking the valley of the River Rother.

The town's name is derived from the Old English "Tenet Waraden", meaning a den or forest clearing in the forest which belonged to the men of Thanet.


The town grew from the 14th century around the wool industry. Unlike other such centres in the Weald it had the advantage of access to the sea. Much of what is now Romney Marsh was under water, and ships docked at Smallhythe. Timber from the Wealden forests was used to construct ships, and in 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the Confederation of Cinque Ports as a limb of Rye. Ships built in the town were then used to help Rye fulfil its quota for the Crown.

A school was in existence here in 1521; later (in 1666) it was referred to as a grammar school.

The town

Town Council

For the purposes of local government, the town is divided into four wards: North, South, West and St Michaels. The latter is the part of the town to the north (see below).

Churches & chapels

There are two parish churches:
* St Mildred's is in the main part of the town. The church dates from the 12th century, and was progressively enlarged until 1461, when the distinctive tower was constructed. It was one of the churches in the 1588 system of warning beacons.
* St Michael's: The suburb now called St Michael's was known as Boresisle until Victorian times, when a church dedicated to St Michael was built to serve this community. The church was consecrated in 1863, but construction of the steeple took a further 12 years.

The Unitarian Chapel, originally called the Old Meeting House, was built c. 1695. A plaque on the wall records that Dr Benjamin Franklin worshipped here in 1783, where he was to hear Joseph Priestley preach.

The town

Tenterden's broad tree-lined High Street offers a selection of shopping facilities, making the town a centre for a number of villages in the area. Tourist attractions draw the visitors: especially the Kent & East Sussex Railway line to Bodiam; a local vineyard; and the Tenterden Folk Festival, held on the weekend of the first Saturday in October each year since 1993.

Tenterden is an important nodal centre with routes radiating to Rolvenden and Hastings (A28), Wittersham and Rye (B2082), Appledore and New Romney (B2080), Woodchurch and Hamstreet (B2067) and Ashford and Maidstone (A28/A262).

Homewood school is situated in Tenterden.

Tenterden Lions Clubwas formed in 1958; its members serve the community by giving time to local needs and raising money for local, national and international good causes. Every December, Father Christmas travels around Tenterden and some of the local villages providing enjoyment, as well as collecting money to support various good causes.

At Christmas time, Tenterden has a tradition of late-night shopping on the first Friday of December, with Christmas lights, stalls, entertainment and goodies for the whole family, as well as free parking.

Famous connections

* Nicki French, international singer/songwriter is from the area
* William Caxton (of printing press fame) is reputed to have been born in the town
* Ellen Terry, the actress, lived for many years at nearby "Smallhythe Place", which is now under the care of the National Trust
* Sir David Frost was born in the town
* Sir Donald Sinden, the actor, lives in the area
* Jazz Dhiman, the actor, lives in the area
* Roderick Kedward, British historian, lived in the area
* Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats owned a tower which is currently under restoration
*Samuel Jones Tilden, who lost the U.S. presidency by one vote in 1876, is descended from the Tilden family of Tenterden
*David Cammegh, who is an internationally acclaimed Spiritualsit medium, psychic and astrologer.


The district had a population of 7,600 at the 2001 census.


It is also the name of one of the oldest working railway locomotives in the world, an 0-6-0 tank engine.


* Tenterden Town Football Club, established in 1889, is based off the High Street, along Recreation Ground Road where they have played since formation. After many seasons of varied fortunes, for the 2008/09 season they have two teams: the 1st XI compete in the Kent County League, and the Reserve XI compete in the Ashford & District Football League, both on a Saturday afternoon. Tenterden's ground hosts the annual Weald of Kent Charity Cup Final, which Tenterden themselves have contested on a number of occasions, most recently during the 2000/01 season, losing 3-1 to Tyler Hill.
* Tenterden Tigers Junior Football Club, established in 1996.
* Tenterden Cricket Club is based along Smallhythe Road.
* The Tour de France raced through the town in July 2007, with a sprint for the Maillot vert (green jersey) taking place in Tenterden.

* Homewood Badminton Club were formed over 30 years ago for intermediate and advanced players. They play every Tuesday at the Tenterden Leisure Centre and participate in local leagues.

External links

* [http://www.tenterden.me.uk/ Tenterden Web Site] Local Tourism & Community Web Site
* [http://www.tenterdentown.co.uk Town website]
* [http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/notable%20houses/smallhythe_place.htm Smallhythe Place]
* [http://www.homewood.kent.sch.uk Homewood School]
* [http://www.tenterdencc.co.uk Tenterden Cricket Club]
* [http://www.heartofkent.org.uk/site/five-kentish-towns/ashford-and-tenterden/ Tourist Guide to Tenterden]
* [http://www.kentcountyleague.co.uk Kent County Football League]
* [http://www.tenterden-tigers.co.uk/ Tenterden Tigers Junior FC]
* [http://www.tenterdenlions.org.uk Tenterden Lions Club]
* [http://www.tenterdenleisure.com/sports Homewood Badminton Club contact details]


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