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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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  • Coffee Morning for Stroke Survivors, Family

    Tuesday 6th December @ 11:30am
    Location: Rye

    The Stroke Association will be running a coffee morning for stroke survivors and carers to share experiences and maybe make ... more

  • Festive Networking Tenterden

    Wednesday 7th December @ 5:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Festive Networking Tenterden by FSB Kent and Medway Come along to the Secret Pantry on the 7th December for an ... more

  • An Audience with Rick Wakeman

    Thursday 8th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents an audience with Rick Wakeman. Door open at 7.15. Further information at https://ryejazz.com/programme/ ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 9th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • A Few of my Favourite Things

    Friday 9th December
    Location: Iden

    Norman Sims and wife Jenny are frequently to be seen cycling around the lanes on Walland and Dengemarsh accompanied by ... more

  • London Community Gospel Choir and guest Mica Paris

    Friday 9th December
    Location: Rye

    We welcome the world renowned and multi-award winning London Community Gospel Choir with special guest UK Queen of Soul Mica ... more

  • Atlantic

    Friday 9th December @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Atlantic playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Rye Christmas Festival 2016

    Saturday 10th December
    Location: Rye

    After last year's success this year promises to be even better - the events that have been confirmed so far ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Saturday 10th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • House of Hands Christmas Fair

    Saturday 10th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Lots of great hand made gift ideas, home furnishings, jewellery and decorations available to buy direct from the makers. ... more

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