Petruskerk in 2007
Leens is a village in the Dutch province of Groningen. It is located in the municipality of De Marne. Leens was a separate municipality until 1990, when it was merged with Ulrum, Eenrum and Kloosterburen.
Leens is located on old marsh land which have been inhabited since the Iron Age. Leens and Tuinsterwierde, which is situated slightly east of the village, lay on a mound, an artificial hill that prevented the town from flooding when the land wasn't yet protected by dikes. The draining of the marshes is largely due to the work of the Benedictine monks. From their monasteries they built dikes and drained the land.
In the 20th century Leens was connected to the Dutch rail network, but that was short lived. the Marnelijn opened in 1922 and closed in 1940, after which the rails were transported to the Eastern Front. The station building still stands.
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
- Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed: Smederij Westerhof Leens (in Dutch)
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Leens". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
- Media related to Leens at Wikimedia Commons
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