Philipot stops. Dr. Harris ( a later writer) adds:—"This
chapel or chantry of Light's, I believe was formerly a little church,
and is so described in the old maps; in Dugdale's Map of Romney Marsh it
is called Small Light, and now Smallhythe in Symondson's Map."
While Hasted takes no notice of the chapel, and tells us that he has
been unable to ascertain how long they were held by the Bakers; but that
Light's-Notinden was in his day the property of Mr. Wm. Mantell, and
East Asherinden then belonged to Mr. Wm. Children, who had built a house
there, in which he resided.
Now as I shall have occasion to speak of another chantry, let me in a
few words explain their origin.
When the taste for founding monasteries declined, chantries
supplied their place. They were instituted for keeping up a succession
of prayers for the prosperity of the founder while living, and the
repose of his soul, and the souls of his relatives, when dead. They were
usually built in, or added to, existing churches, and lands were
purchased, with the license of the sovereign, for the support of the
officiating priests, and other expenses of the chantry.
At the Reformation these chantries, like
the religious houses, were all suppressed.
Then as to Godden, Gatesdene, and Morgue, I am disposed to
think that Godden and Gatesdene were one and the same place; the names
having been changed with a change of owners. Godden was held of the
manor of Northbourne. All traces of both Godden and Gatesdene have now
disappeared. I find Gatesdene called a borough in the reign of Edward
II. Hasted tells us that in his day there were some marshes called
Gatesdene, "near the river between Mayhamme and Smalhide." The
ownership, as I shall now shew, of Gatesdene and Morgue became united,
and the name Morgue alone has been preserved.
Edward III had committed the charge of the Seven Hundreds
to Henry de Valoygnes (an important family at this time), whose
residence was at Ripton in Ashford; and an Aid having been granted to
the King to make the Black Prince a knight, Tenterden is returned for
one fee in respect of lands which "Thomas de Gatesdene held at