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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BOUGHTON UNDER THE BLEAN.* BY REV. J. A. BOODLE. The Parish of Boughton under the Blean (Bocton subtus le Bleyn, as by a curious admixture of Latin and French it is styled in the old Church Book of Boughton, dating from 1534) is the chief of the four Boughtons in the county of Kent. Bleyn as it is spelt in the old book referred to, Blean as it is now spelt, being, as I understand, the same word as blain, and signifying a protuberance, a swelling, and referring therefore to the wooded hill lying to our north. The Parish Register contains 'Some account of the Antient State of this Parish, written in ye year 1691 2,' by the Rev. John Johnson, who was Vicar of Boughton 1687--97. In reference to the name Bocton, he says, 'It may signify Freehold-town, for Boc-land in ye Saxon tongue signifies Feesimple-land, as Somner says in his Dictionar. Saxonie.' Boughton was on the Pilgrims' Road, to Canterbury: but although the present road through Boughton Street to Canterbury was in existence, being the old Roman AVatling Street, it is generally supposed that that was not the road travelled by the pilgrims, but that they went by way of Boughton Church and South Street, or by Holy Lane and Hickman's Green, passing the Chapel of St. Nicholas. Boughton is alluded to in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, in the Chanones Vemannes Prologue, being lines 16022--6 of the Canterbury Tales, in these words: 'Whan that tolde was the lif of Seinte Cecile, Er we had ridden fully five mile, At Boughton under blee us gan atake A man, that clothed was in clothes Make, And undernethc he wored a white surplis.' There is another passage, a little further on, lines 16950--2, with which the Manciple's Prologue begins, which has sometimes been supposed to refer to Boughton: 'Wete ye not wher stondeth a l...
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