the Cinque Ports, and a figure of St. Mildred with a
coronet, also a shield with the family arms (as Boys supposed) of the
Pitlesden family, who presented the seal to the Corporation.
The Parish Registers date from the reign of Henry VIII (1554),
and appear to have been re-copied in the reign of Elizabeth (1599).
When Henry VIII became enamoured of the gay and
accomplished Ann Boleyn, he paid frequent visits to Hever Castle, and on
one occasion he visited Tenterden. During his reign "a marvellous,
abominable, and seditious sermon" was preached in Tenterden upon
one Easter Wednesday, and an information was laid by certain of the
inhabitants and presented to the Privy Council, who gave directions for
the arrest of the priest. This sermon was possibly against the supremacy
of the King. I have been unable to trace any more about either the
priest or the sermon.
On the 2nd of May, 1511, six men and four women (most of
them from Tenterden) appeared before Archbishop Warham at Knole, and
abjured their errors, ten in number; and later in the day two other
the same. By way of penance, the Archbishop enjoined
them to wear on their clothes, until dispensed with, the badge of a
fagot in flames, and in procession at their own parish church, and in
the Cathedral at Canterbury, they were directed to carry a fagot on
their shoulders, as a public confession that they deserved burning.
A Free Grammar School was founded here, by an ancestor of
Sir Henry Heyman, which was endowed by the Rev. William Marshall in the
reign of Henry VIII, and subsequently by John Mantel. The income of
these endowments is now applied towards the support of the National
Halden Park at this time belonged to Sir Edward Guldeford,
and was enlarged by the enclosure of some adjoining lands in Tenterden.
Lambarde returns it as disparked in his time.
I must say a few words about Smallhythe and its chapel,
situate within the borough of Dumborne, in the southern extremity of
Tenterden, near the Rother. Like Tenterden Church, we have no reliable
authority as to when and by