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St Mildred Churchyard
Also known as: Tenterden, St Mildred's Church
Ashford Borough
Kent  England

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Tenterden is a small,prosperous country town in the Ashford District of Kent, England. It stands on the edge of the Weald,overlooking the valley of the River Rother. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Weald', Tenterden's beautiful architecture includes white-painted weatherboarding, tile-hung fascias and the unique ‘mathematical tile' The town's name is derived from the Old English "Tenet Waraden", meaning a den or forest clearing in the forest which belonged to the men of Thanet, a district in the present county. Unlike other such centres in the Weald it had the advantage of access to the sea. Much of what is now Romney Marsh was under water, and ships docked at Smallhythe. Timber from the Wealden forests was used to construct ships, some as large as 400 tons, carrying 250 men, and in 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the Confederation of Cinque Ports as a limb of Rye even though it is 10 miles from the sea. The Cinque Ports are a historic series of coastal towns in Kent and Sussex,originally formed for military and trade purposes, but now entirely ceremonial.Ships built in the town were then used to help Rye fulfil its quota for the Crown.St Mildred's,with its pinnacled tower, served as a beacon for ships coming up the river and it remains a beautiful landmark for miles around. It is in the main part of the town and dates from the 12th century. It was one of the churches in the 1588 system (Spanish Armada) of warning beacons. William Caxton (of printing press fame) is reputed to have been born in the town and Samuel J. Tilden, who lost the U.S. presidency by one vote in 1876, is descended from the Tilden family of Tenterden.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)

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