Tenterden this pretty Wealden town rose to affluence as a centre for the wool trade in the 13th Century.In 1331 Edward III prohibited the export of raw wool and brought weavers and dyers from Flanders to teach the English to manufacture finished cloth, and in the subsequent decades Tenterden’s prosperity grew.
The town’s tree-lined verges that border the High Street are lined with medieval buildings that hide their age behind weather boarding or tiled Georgian facades. The town benefits from a range of delightful eateries, antique shops, clothing, chemists, hairstylists, wine, and specialist shops to suit all tastes as well as a Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets. On Fridays in Market Square you will find an open-air market selling artisan breads, cheese, vegetables, fish and much more. With its own museum https://www.tenterdenmuseum.co.uk/ the Kent and East Sussex railway https://www.kesr.org.uk and a leisure centre https://www.tenterdenleisure.com/
Tenterden is a town of charm and character well worth a visit or as a place to settle and enjoy a more rural life surrounded by beautiful countryside. The parish church of St Mildred sits in the centre of the town rising proudly above the roof line and is dedicated to St Mildred, a Saxon princess who was abbess of the abbey at Minster -in-Thanet and canonised after her death in AD732.
There is a local bus route between Rye & Tenterden, (11 miles) and Ashford (8 miles) connecting with the rail services to London and Brighton. Headcorn station is (9 miles) approx.
There are many well respected schools in the area from pre-school upwards https://www.tenterdenprimaryfederation.kent.sch.uk including, Homewood school and sixth form centre, https://www.homewood-school.co.uk Private schools in the area include Dulwich Preparatory school, Sutton Valance School https://www.svs.org.uk and Cranbrook School
Just a short drive out of Tenterden on the B2082 is the delightful hamlet of Smallhythe, in past times this area was sufficiently deep enough for ships to be built and launched. The area became a premier ship building location until 16th century when the silting up of the Rother ended the industry. This area was also the home of the famous actress Dame Ellen Terry who lived at Smallhythe Place from 1899 to 1928 which now owned by the National Trust. Smallhythe place in medieval times was the harbour -masters house.
In the same area is Chapel Down winery https://www.chapeldown.com leading producers of English wine and sparkling wine with a notable restaurant on site called The Swan. The parish church of St John the Baptist nestle quietly by Smallhythe Place.