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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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  • Shakespeare at the Mermaid

    Sunday 30th April @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Bowler Crab interpreting Macbeth. "A one off free entry event, 'Interpreting Macbeth' is a new performance presentation project from local ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 1st May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 on the day - donated to Rye & District Community Transport. Free admission and parking for ... more

  • Rye Mayor Making Ceremony/Celebrations

    Monday 1st May
    Location: Rye

    There will be a service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's Church, Rye at 11.45am followed by the Throwing Hot Pennies ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Tuesday 2nd May
    Location: Rye

    Quiz Night - maximum per team 6. £3 (£2 if paid in advance). Prize for winning team. Light refreshments available. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 5th May @ 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

    Friday 5th May
    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

  • The Carer - Film

    Friday 5th May
    Location: Rye

    Rye Film Club present The Carer - Dorottya (Coco Koenig) is a young Hungarian actress with a burning desire – ... more

  • V-Twin Custom Party

    Sunday 7th May
    Location: Rye

    Live Band and DJ Hog Roast and Free Beer 23a Rye Industrial Park 01797 223547 ... more

  • Tilling Green Bingo 2017

    Thursday 11th May
    Location: Rye

    Tilling Green Bingo at the Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye TN31 7BE. Doors Open at 6:45pm with Eyes ... more

  • Rye Country Market

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

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

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