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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 55
                                                     
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

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 inhabitants did

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 School.
   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

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