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Blean

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Blean is in the Canterbury district of Kent, England. It is the name of the large civil parish and the suburban developed village within it: the latter is scattered along the road between Canterbury and Whitstable, in the middle of the Forest of Blean and the parish is mostly woodland, much of which is ancient woodland.HistoryIn 1800, according to Edward Hasted's county study, the village was once part of the king's ancient forest of Blean in the hundred of Westgate.The village name of Blean may well have derived from the Old English word ‘blea’ which means rough ground. However a Brittonic origin is more likely, with Blean being related to the modern Welsh word "Blaen" referring to exposed rock face or to the "front" of a valley or feature. CF Blencathra in Cumbria.AmenitiesThe village has a druid woodland sculpture park, noted for its large sleeping dragon. The east of the village has a hall and recreation ground used for sports.The parish church is about half a mile from the village centre. It is dedicated to St Cosmus and St Damian and emphasising some kind of descriptor of the land itself, has always been suffixed 'in the Blean'. It is a 13th-century building and Grade II* listed, the second highest designation in the national grading scheme.
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