A picturesque oast house in Newenden
A pretty little hamlet on the River Rother, at the time of the Domesday Book survey Newenden was once one of only two villages in Kent with the right to hold a market. There was a pre-Roman hillfort near the current village, but the earliest reference to Newenden is in AD 791 when King Offa of Mercia granted the manor to the monks of Christchurch Priory in Canterbury.

Much later, in 1242, the first Carmelite priory in England was established just east of the current village at Lossenham. No trace of that monastery now remains, but what does remain is the wonderfully carved font in the parish church of St Peter. The font is probably late Saxon, and it is carved with intricate designs of mythical beasts, lions, plants, and floral symbols.

Throughout the medieval period, Newenden was a busy inland port for sea-going ships, until gradual silting of the river meant that it fell out of use in the 16th century. At one time there were no less than 16 inns serving the village, though only one, the White Hart, survives. If you fancy a pint, the White Hart was once named 'Pub of the Year' by the Evening Standard newspaper.

Traffic through the village still crosses over the old medieval bridge, which is still supported with its original timbers.

From Newenden Bridge you can take a boat trip along the Rother to nearby Bodiam Castle, a moated 14th-century castle in a romantic setting overlooking the river.