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Tenterden

Tenterden is a town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, England.

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  • Area:77.443 km2
  • Elevation:1109 m
  • Population:29
  • Local Government Area:Armidale Regional Council

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Tenterden is a town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, England. It stands on the edge of the remnant forest the Weald, overlooking the valley of the River Rother.It was a member of the Cinque Ports Confederation.Its riverside today is not navigable to large vessels and its status as a wool manufacturing centre has been lost.Tenterden has several voluntary organisations, some of which are listed below, a large conservation area and seven large or very old public houses within its area.It has long distance walking and cycling routes within its boundaries. # History The town's name is derived from the Old English Tenetwaradenn, meaning a denn or swine-pasture for the men of Thanet.The first record of dwellings in Tenterden can be found in a charter which mentions that it, as 'Heronden', began to grow from the 14th century around the strong local 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 nearby 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. Today Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, a large secondary school catering for the Weald and south of Ashford Borough is in Tenterden. Heronden Hall is a Grade II listed Gothic-style mansion, designed by William Donthorne in 1846 for William Whelan. In 1903, Tenterden Town railway station was opened. It closed in 1954, but half of it reopened in 1974 as the Kent and East Sussex Railway. The route starts at Tenterden Town Station and finishes at Bodiam station, near Bodiam Castle. The main line track is being extended to Robertsbridge (near Hastings) in East Sussex. # Weather # Things to do

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