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Tenterden, Kent

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Tenterden, Kent

Tenterden is a Cinque Port 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.
Administrative CountyKent
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTQ8833
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01580

Other names by which Tenterden, Kent has been known in the past


Tenterden, Kent in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Tenterden, mun. bor., market town, cinque port liberty, and par., Kent, 6½ miles NW. of Appledore ry. sta. and 10 miles N. of Eye - par., 8471 ac., pop. 3511; bor. and cinque port liberty (limb of the ancient town of Eye), 8948 ac., pop. 3620; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Friday. The bor. (incorporated by Henry VI.) extends into Ebony par. Tenterden is situated on a height surrounded by hop plantations, and was at one time only 3 miles - now it is 12 miles - from the sea. St Mildred's parish church, with its lofty pinnacled tower - the "Tenterden steeple" proverbially said to have been the cause of the Goodwin Sands - was part of the monastery of St Augustine. The trade is almost purely local.

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