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Smallhythe Place, home to renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry

Small Hythe in Kent

Smallhythe is a hamlet that lies on the Levels between Wittersham and Tenterden on the B2082.

It was once the harbour and port for nearby Tenterden as the River Rother, which was navigable for large ships once flowed past Smallhythe. It was also an important shipbuilding centre using timber from the nearby Wealden Forests. One of Henry VIII’s warships was built at Smallhythe and Henry visited the port in 1538 to view the ship under construction.

Smallhythe suffered a devastating fire in 1514, which almost destroyed the entire village. Smallhythe Place was probably built after this disaster and used by the harbourmaster as the Port House for the flourishing shipyard.

The actress Ellen Terry, who played opposite Sir Henry Irving in the late nineteenth century, purchased Smallhythe Place in 1899 and lived there until her death in 1928. Today the building is owned by the National Trust and has a unique collection of costumes and memorabilia related to Ellen Terry.

As you travel up the hill from the Levels you pass the Priest’s House, another beautiful half-timbered house and the church, rebuilt after the fire in brick, which was fashionable at the time. At the top of the hill there are vineyards and the home of one of the largest producers of English wine in the country.

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  • Jazz Supper

    Thursday 27th June
    Location: Rye

    Swing, bossa nova and easy-listening tunes from innovative bassist David Silk, multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown who plays not just saxophone but ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Crafts by the Rails

    Saturday 29th June for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Weald Crafts and K&ESR are hosting a Fair at Tenterden Town Station, displaying various hand-made items by local crafts people ... more

  • Jenny Bush 'An Eye for Detail'

    Wednesday 3rd July for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door is delighted to welcome Jenny Bush for her show entitled 'An Eye for Detail' where she interprets flora, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 5th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Multi Market

    Friday 5th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of stalls, knitted items, metalwork, cakes and bakes, crafts, homemade and lots more at Appledore Village Hall free parking ... more

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Thursday 11th July for 2 days
    Location: Rye

    Five years after Bowler Crab’s 2013 debut feature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they return to this classic, magical ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 12th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Ikarus Inc

    Wednesday 17th July @ 7:30am
    Location: Sandhurst

    Open air theatre coming to Sandhurst Playing Fields on Wednesday 17 July with a play set in the 1950s in ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 19th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

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