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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 53
                                                     
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

in Tenterden belonging to that church, and held of the manor of Appledore, Brook, and Ickham, which ended in a composition by which new yearly rents were charged, as a substitute for the timber. Still the boundaries of some of the denes were preserved, by treading them, as late as the reign of Henry VII.
   Until the fourteenth century Kent does not appear to have acquired any reputation for its wool; but Edward III having invited the industrious Flemings and others to settle in England, as weavers and clothworkers, the Weald of Kent was fixed upon for the seat of the manufacture of broadcloths. Cranbrook appears to have been its centre; and though it gave employment to many, and laid the foundation of modest fortunes, it never at any time assumed any very large proportions in this locality. The interesting paper on this subject, read by Mr. William Tarbutt at Cranbrook, in 1873, and to be found in Vol. IX of the Archaeologia Cantiana, renders it unnecessary for me to dwell longer upon it now; though, before I close this paper, I may have occasion to refer to the successful career of the family of Skeetes, who were at a later period engaged 

in this pursuit. Then, as to the manufacture of iron, I do not find any reference to furnaces in Tenterden, similar to those we meet with at Biddenden and other parts of the Weald. The grazing of Shirley Moor, and Romney Marsh, conduced, in my opinion, more to the wealth and prosperity of Tenterden than the manufacture of either iron or cloth.
   This leads me to an important period of its history, viz., the severing of it from the jursidiction of the County and its Seven Hundreds, and the transfer of it to the Cinque Ports, as a limb of Rye; this was done by Henry VI, by letters patent, which recite that the barons and trusty men of the Cinque Ports, in return for the privileges they enjoyed by charters, granted to them by former Kings of England, were bound to find fifty-nine ships at their own charges every year for fifteen days at the summons of the sovereign. That the town of Rye was one of its most ancient ports, where the entry of enemies and rebels into the kingdom of England frequently happened. That not only the property

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