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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 51
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

Tenterden, of the manor of Beaumundestone," now called Beamstone in Westwell. Here we meet with an original dene, converted by subinfeudation into a lesser manor (the only one in Tenterden then held by knight service), and held of a distant manor granted by the Conqueror to Odo, Bishop of Baieux; the demesne and lands of which, in the present day, form part of Eastwell Park. This supports my theory with respect to the nameless denes in the Survey of Domesday. But I must try and keep your attention fixed for the present on Gatesdene and Morgue, which I am about to connect with old St. Paul's Cathedral and Somerset House, London. In the old Cathedral, there were no less than forty-seven chantries or chapels; one of the most important stood next the north door, and was founded by Walter Sherrington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the reign of Henry VI; and in 1454 an Inquisition was taken at Cranbrook before the King's Escheator, when it was decided that it would not be to the prejudice of the Crown to grant a license to the chaplains of this chantry to purchase the manors of Morge and Gatesdene otherwise Godden in Tenterden, held of Sir Walter Moyle of 

Eastwell by fealty, who held of the King. In this chantry two priests used to celebrate Divine services for the soul of the founder, and all Christian souls for ever.
   So matters remained until the suppression of this and other chantries, in the first year of Edward VI, when this property was sold to Sir Miles Partriche and another, to hold in capite by knight service. It afterwards passed to the Colepepers, the Curteis', the Pomfrets, and is now held by Mr. W. Pomfret Burra. In 1549 the chapel in St. Paul's was pulled down, with the library attached to it; and, strange to say, the materials were carried into the Strand and used in the building of that stately fabric, Somerset House.
   Now, setting aside the iron fencing round the present St. Paul's, which was manufactured in the Weald, and which never ought to have been placed there, I think I have said enough to satisfy you that Gatesden and Morgue in Tenterden had quite as much, if not more, to do with old St. Paul's Cathedral and the present Somerset House, than anything

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