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St Cosmus and St Damian cemetery - Blean, Kent
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 51° 18.322 E 001° 03.194
31U E 364300 N 5685583
Quick Description: Parish cemetery at St Cosmus' and St Damian's church, Blean.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/11/2019 12:55:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM119EY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member elyob
Views: 1

Long Description:
Parish cemetery at St Cosmus' and St Damian's church, Blean.

"Blean is first mentioned in 786 AD as Blea, a word probably of Celtic origin, meaning ‘rough ground’. The parish was once known as The Royal Forest of Blean and wild boar were hunted here. The church was built on the old Roman Road from Seasalter to Canterbury and the first village sprang up around it. The church is named after two Arab brothers who were doctors and who charged no fees after their conversion to Christianity."

SOURCE - (visit link)

"The churchyard at Blean church is actively maintained and much visited. Burials of ashes are now carried out alongside the new Memorial Walk, which is located on the southern side of the church in the prettiest and most historic part of the churchyard. Ashes are buried directly into the ground, and - with permission - small granite memorial plaques may be ordered.

Families with established family graves or plots may, instead, choose to have ashes buried in these. In 2017 the cost of a burial of ashes ceremony (whether at the Memorial Walk or elsewhere) which includes the prayers of committal and the actual burial was approx £201. This is based on a Statutory Fee of £151, plus £50 for the work involved with the preparation of the burial plot. We can advise about procedures for getting a memorial plaque made and installed.

The unauthorised scattering or burying of ashes in English churchyards is not permitted.

Blean churchyard is surrounded by metal 'park fencing'.

The earlist part (which is closest to the church building and known as the 'old churchyard') is likely to have been originally established within the surrounds of a Roman villa, which had been built in the vicinity as it is within the ditch or moat of the 'villa', which is still clearly visible. In this area are the earliest graves and headstones (along with the recently established Memorial Walk).

By 1914 the old churchyard was probably nearly full and a 'new churchyard' area was started north of the villa site, to the left of the main churchyard gate as you enter from the church car park.

The whole churchyard was surveyed by students of the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham in about 2001 as a training exercise and all the headstones were registered under the Global Positioning System (GPS). Our churchyard plan is therefore reasonably accurate.

The churchyard records are divided into two with the approximate lines of the old churchyard headstones and graves noted with double letters (AA,BB, .. etc) and the new churchyard lines of graves and headstones noted with single letters (A,B, .. etc). Regrettably the records of the old churchyard are limited to the details of the headstones in the area which can be deciphered.

The records of the new churchyard are, we believe, complete as we were fortunate enough to have been given the records of the original gravedigger of that area. A copy of the churchyard records has been placed in the church, on the shelf below the table by the north door, and visitors are encouraged to make comments and suggest amendments to this copy as they are able.

Click here to download a copy of the “New Churchyard” lines of graves and headstones document in pdf format. (visit link)

Click here to download a copy of the “Old Churchyard” headstones and graves document in pdf format. (visit link)

The churchyard is regularly mown and weeded by contractors and tiedied and trimmed by volunteers and we try to make it a place for remembrance and peaceful contemplation as well as preserving the beauty of nature as God provides."

SOURCE - (visit link)
City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Blean / Kent / England

Approximate number of graves: 100

Cemetery Status: Active

Cemetery Website: [Web Link]

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