Oxted & District History Society - Summer outing
Oxted & District History Society

Summer Outing - to Tenterden and Bodiam.

Earlier this week some 30 members of the Oxted & District History Society enjoyed their summer outing to Tenterden and Bodiam.

In Tenterden the History Society visitors split into 4 groups for escorted tours of the town.  The ‘den’ name ending indicates the original clearing in the Wealden forest.  There are many fine medieval buildings in the town and a Town Hall.  Many of the older buildings are hidden behind later Georgian facades.  Tenterden also has two former cinemas, now converted for other uses, one dating from 1912 and the other from the 1930s.

From Tenterden the visitors took a steam train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway to Bodiam, many enjoying a sumptuous ploughman’s lunch en route.  At Bodiam the History Society members took the short walk to Bodiam Castle to admire the atmospheric ruins of the castle and its moat.  They then returned by train to Tenterden before joining their coach back to Oxted.