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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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  • A Schubertiade: The Seasons in Song

    Friday 21st May
    Location: Rye

    Anna Cavaliero is one of the brightest up-and-coming soprano stars around: a former student of Barbara Bonney, with numerous prizes ... more

  • Northiam Garden Safari

    Sunday 23rd May @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Five lovely private gardens open, some for the first time. Tickets from the Church Centre £5 (children free). Please note ... more

  • Light Fantastic

    Wednesday 26th May for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of vibrant watercolours full of atmosphere and light by Andrew Blyth. Andrew is a renowned local artist who ... more

  • Driftwood Journeys

    Wednesday 9th June for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    South East Open Studios (SEOS) 2021 present an exhibition of driftwood sculpture and other sea-inspired art by Tina Kaul. Now ... more

  • My Mind's Eye - a journey by Maggie Lloyd

    Wednesday 23rd June for 13 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    A portfolio of Maggie Lloyd's work of portraits and landscapes in pastel, oil and other media. There are many aspects ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

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