Small Hythe

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Small Hythe
Smallhythe Church - - 54438.jpg
St John's Church
Small Hythe is located in Kent
Small Hythe
Small Hythe
Location within Kent
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTenterden
Postcode districtTN30
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°02′29″N 0°41′58″E / 51.0414°N 0.6994°E / 51.0414; 0.6994Coordinates: 51°02′29″N 0°41′58″E / 51.0414°N 0.6994°E / 51.0414; 0.6994

Small Hythe is a hamlet near Tenterden in Kent, England. The population is included in Tenterden.

It stood on a branch of the Rother estuary and was a busy shipbuilding port in the 15th century, before the silting up and draining of the Romney Marshes.

Small Hythe's quays and warehouses were destroyed in a fire in 1514 and were never rebuilt.[1]


Smallhythe Place

Small Hythe was within the medieval hundred of Tenterden, which does not appear to have existed at the time of the Domesday Book. It is first mentioned in about 1300 and received a charter in 1449 from Henry VI.[2] Small Hythe itself lay on a branch of the River Rother, which certainly in 1509 made the locality accessible to seagoing craft.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

Actress Ellen Terry lived at Smallhythe Place between 1899 and her death in 1928. It is now managed by the National Trust and houses her collection of theatrical memorabilia and a small theatre.[4]


  1. ^ Donald Maxwell, Unknown Kent (1921).
  2. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tenterden" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 635–636.
  3. ^ "The hundred, town and parish of Tenterden". British History Online. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  4. ^ "National Trust – Smallhythe Place". Retrieved 1 November 2018.

External links[edit]

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