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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 Walk Around Historic Rye

    Thursday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    A walk around Rye, focusing on its medieval and Tudor heritage, is led by local historian and former Mayor of ... more

  • Murder in a Seaside Town - Thomas Mogford

    Thursday 29th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The author Thomas Mogford talks about his series of crime novels set around the Mediterranean basin all featuring his Gibraltarian ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th September @ 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 Celebration of Harvest

    Friday 30th September for 3 days
    Location: Northiam

    A weekend of celebration with St Mary's Church decorated with flowers and harvest produce, with refreshments and produce on sale. ... more

  • Hand of Genius - Graham Short

    Friday 30th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A. talk by the micro-engraver who celebrated the 90th birthday of our monarch by creating the smallest portrait of Elizabeth ... more

  • The Black Velvets

    Friday 30th September
    Location: Rye

    A heart-melting Acoustic Duo from London Entrance: FREE. A classic mixture of warm Guitar strings, ethereal Vocal Harmonies and soaring ... more

  • Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers

    Friday 30th September @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A concert in two parts - singer/storyteller Rory McLeod does a solo first half and is then joined on stage ... more

  • Fabulous Red Diesel

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

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

  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Camber Castle Walk

    Saturday 1st October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Join Dr Barry Yates on a guided tour of the Nature Reserve and Camber Castle in which he looks at ... more

  • Don Pasquale - Opera

    Saturday 1st October @ 6:30pm
    Location: Rye

    A fun evening is assured as Rye Arts Festival welcomes back Euphonia Company for the second opera this year (see ... more

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