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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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  • The Anniversary

    Thursday 29th June @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Performed in the Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, 'The Anniversary' is a dark farce. Family rifts occur throughout, and the ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 29th June @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This month the Mermaid’s jazz concert series features trumpeter and pianist Paul Higgs who has had an extensive musical career ... more

  • Antiques and Collectables Sale

    Friday 30th June
    Location: Rye

    Viewing Thursday 29th 9am - 4:30pm Sale day open 8:30am, sale starts 9:30am ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th 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

  • Peasmarsh Primary School Summer Fair

    Saturday 1st July @ noon
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Delicious food and drink, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, balloons, games, raffle, arts and crafts stalls, karate and dance presentations ... more

  • Tilling Green Bingo 2017

    Thursday 6th July
    Location: Rye

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

  • Hamlet

    Thursday 6th July
    Location: Small Hythe

    Following the murder of the King, Hamlet finds himself questioning the world around him when his father's ghost returns to ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Friday 7th July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Performed by East 15 Acting School in the Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place. The theatre tea-room will be open from ... more

  • Summer Concert

    Saturday 8th July
    Location: Rye

    The London Pro Arte Choir will be performing a concert of works including Handel, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. The concert ... more

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