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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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  • East Surrey Morris Men

    Sunday 28th May @ 12:15pm
    Location: Rye

    East Surrey Morris Men at the Mermaid Inn as part of their annual visit. Free admission. ... more

  • Old Herbacous

    Sunday 28th May
    Location: Small Hythe

    Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom 'Old Herbaceous' is a witty portrait of the most archetypal - and crotchety - ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 29th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 on the day - donated to Rother Responders. Free admission and parking for visitors. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 2nd June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Rye Auction Galleries - Antique and Collectables

    Friday 2nd June
    Location: Rye

    Auction day open from 8.30 sale commences at 10.00am. For further details, dates for taking in and catalogue visit http://www.ryeauctiongalleries.com/sale-dates/ ... more

  • La La Land

    Friday 2nd June
    Location: Rye

    Rye Film Club present - Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between her auditions, ... more

  • Cream Tea

    Saturday 3rd June
    Location: Iden

    Afternoon cream tea, all welcome. Tea, scones, cream and jam plenty of cake - in aid of Village Hall Funds. ... more

  • Secret Open Garden - Mermaid Street

    Saturday 3rd June @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Never before open to the public – The Secret Garden in Mermaid Street. The Old Hospital in Mermaid Street boasts ... more

  • Charity Sunday Lunch

    Sunday 4th June
    Location: Tenterden

    A team of 4 from St. Mildred's Church are going out to Romania again this Summer to support the wonderful ... more

  • Photography on the iPhone/iPad

    Thursday 8th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rolvenden

    Do you love taking photos with your iPad or iPhone but want to do much more with them? This course ... more

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