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The name is derived from an area once used for drying newly manufactured cloth. The wet fabric was hooked on to frames called tenters and stretched tight so that it would dry flat. It is from this process that the phrase “to be on tenterhooks”, i.e. the feeling of being suspended in a sense of great tension, is derived.
Tenter Ground is in Spitalfields an area famed for its weaving and cloth making heritage.