Smallhythe Place is a half-timbered house dating from the Tudor period. In medieval times the town of Small Hythe was renowned for shipbuilding. Henry V and Henry VIII both had warships built there and the building may have been used as the home or office of a local shipbuilder. More recently it was the home of the famed Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry. The Grade II listed building is now a museum containing her collection from a life in theatre run by the National Trust.