Smallhythe Place Houses

Smallhythe Place

TN30 7NG


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The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery, a wonderful display of wild flowers and the Barn Theatre, which holds exhibitions and regular performances of plays, music and talks.

In 1514 most, if not all, of the Smallhythe buildings were destroyed by fire. It is likely that the building of Smallhythe Place took place soon after this disaster and served as the Port House to the busy local shipyard.

Smallhythe Place is a timber framed house of a continuous jetty style built with two-storey accommodation using green oak cut from the local forest. The roof, which was always tiled, is of crown post construction.

Edith Craig gave Smallhythe Place to the National Trust in 1939.

Attraction Details

VenueSmallhythe Place
Address, Smallhythe, Kent, TN30 7NG
Opening times11am - 5pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeHouses


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