Blean, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Blean, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Blean, Kent
Blean St Cosmus & St Damian Kent.jpg
Blean St Cosmus & St Damian Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Whitstable
County Kent
Poor Law Union Blean
Registration District Blean
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1561
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Canterbury
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

COSMUS, ST., and DAMIAN-in-the-Blean (St. Cosmus and St. Damian), a parish, and the head of the union of Blean, in the hundred of Whitstable, lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 1½ mile NW by N from Canterbury. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.[1]

BLEAN, a parish, an ancient forest, and a district, in Kent. The parish is called also Blean Church, St. Cosmus, and St. Damian-in-the-Blean: lies on the Whitstable railway, 2 miles NW by N of Canterbury; and has a post office of the name of Blean under Canterbury. The places of worship in 1851 were 14 of the Church of England, 3 of Independents, 7 of Wesleyan Methodists, 1 of Primitive Methodists, and 1 of French Protestants.[2]

Blean is a village and civil parish in the Canterbury district of Kent, see Blean Wikipedia and was home to the animator Peter Firmin who with Oliver Postgate produced animated television series.

Blean St Cosmus and Damian is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Canterbury; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you Church website

The parish church of St Cosmus and Damian in the Blean, Tyler Hill Road, Blean has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

See also Village and Church history Kent Archaeological Society

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Bridge Registration District

Kent County Council (KCC) has a certificate centre at the Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells which holds all the completed registers for Kent since 1 July 1837 and can supply a certified copy of any Kent birth, death or marriage entry from any register within its custody or a Kent civil partnership registration from the government online database.

The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)
Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1EP

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Blean parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = findmypast - (£)[3][4][5]
Blean Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1558-1912 1558-1912 1655-1928 (Banns) 1655-1928 (Banns) 1558-1893 1558-1893

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

Images for Blean available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records 1780-1832

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Blean 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 693-696. Date accessed: 01 July 2013.
  2. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, publ. London and Edinburgh: 1870. Date accessed: 16 July 2103.
  3. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
  4. 'Canterbury banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  5. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.