Digging for Britain on BBC 2
Professor Alice Roberts
Smallhythe: Series 11 Episode 5
National Trust Regional Archaeologist, and the team are at their third year of excavations at Smallhythe Place, Kent, revisiting a site once investigated by the Time Team. Now lying over ten miles inland, the tiny village of Smallhythe was once a port lying alongside the Rother, a river which was also known in the past as the Limen. The excavations revealed that during the medieval period, Smallhythe was a location for royal shipbuilding.
The T&DLHS visited the NT Smallhythe Dig in August 2023; read more here:
Tenterden History Newsletters are issued free to members twice a year.
The first newsletter prepared by Dr Gillett for the Society appeared in October 2002: "Remembering Tenterden in 1952" (click to open)
Newsletter No. 2 followed in March 2003:
"The Vicars of St Mildred's, Tenterden", by Alec Laurence.
No. 3 "The Last Days of Tenterden Borough Council in 1974" Jack Gillett 2003
No. 4 "Education in Tenterden" Alec Laurence 2004
No. 5 "Rev. Babington & Miss M Babington" Jack Gillett 2004
No. 6 "Kentish Cherries" Alec Laurence 2005
No. 7 "50th Anniversary" of the T&DLHS Jack Gillett 2005
No. 8 "The Heronden Hall Whelans" Alec Laurence 2006
No.41: "Refurbishment of Tenterden Church Tower 1908-11"Jack Gillett 2022
No.42: "Marmaduke Ward 1835 - 1885" Jack Gillett 2023
No.43: "Have a Go visits Tenterden" Jack Gillett 2023
Our programme for 2021/2022 is now in place. We are very much looking forward to seeing you and welcoming back all members!
For dates of events, please visit the *Calendar page.
Membership Subs £6 are due from 1st September 2021.
You may pay on the door at the lecture on September 27th (St. Mildred's Church). Cheques made payable please to "T&DLHS".
Your Committee is discussing and organising a safe return to our usual programme of events.
Chairman's letter to the members.
Dear members December 2020
As promised in my last missive, this is coming to you for the New Year period. It is essentially a very early Spring 2021 update, and you will find enclosed the March 2021 Newsletter of the Society.
Soon after I wrote to you all in August, your committee agreed to cancel the January and February 2021 meetings and informed the speakers. In the last few days, we have also cancelled the remainder of the 2020-21 programme. This includes the Coffee Morning in March, and all possibility of any Summer outings. I suppose the only remark one can make on this catastrophic situation is that we are in the same boat as practically every other local community organisation, not to mention organisations of wider remit. At the moment consideration is beginning of a programme for 2021-22 to start in September. Whether that will prove possible (not to mention what the enthusiasm for public gatherings will be) remains to be seen. It is likely that we will not send out another mailing until the usual August one.
I must use this opportunity to remark upon the recent death of Fred Walker, a figure notable not only in our local history community, but more widely known nationally in those circles studying the history of marine architecture. An engineer graduate of Glasgow University, Fred worked in the shipyards of Scotland and, indeed, in international shipbuilding. His interest in the history of shipbuilding took him from Smallhythe to all other places east and west around the globe. He had lectured widely and still held a honorary academic post at his death, which was sudden. If you needed to build a coracle or a supertanker, Fred knew the engineering issues involved! Many in Tenterden have had the benefit of hearing Fred speak on diverse and fascinating maritime subjects. The fruit of one of his labours can be seen in St Mildred’s church where hangs an accurate model of the “Grand Mistress” built for Henry VIII at Smallhythe. Familiar as I am with the frustrated utterings of Glaswegians (!) I well remember Fred’s mutterings over the complications and delays in actually getting that task brought to its excellent conclusion. He was a very fine friend to many of us in this town.
It was, of course, impossible to hold our Annual General Meeting in November, as had been planned. On the reverse of this letter, for information, are the certified accounts for 2019-20, accepted by your Committee. These will be presented for approval by members when possible at a formal General Meeting. My feeling is that you ought to have a sight of these now, and please do raise with me any points of concern.
My very best wishes , and I hope to be greeting many of you to a meeting in September. Patience is the word.
Dr Nick Hudd