Place:Loose, Kent, England

TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.233°N 0.517°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMaidstone Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Maidstone (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
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Loose is a village some 2 miles (3 km) south of Maidstone, Kent, situated at the head of the Loose Valley. The fast flowing River Loose which rises near Langley runs through the centre of the village and once supported a paper making industry, evidence of which can still be found today. An area around the village is also known as Loose [the civil parish?] but Loose village itself is based in the Loose valley and extends along Busbridge Road towards Tovil.

Loose is believed to take its name from the Loose stream, which 'loses' itself for several miles under ground from the point where it rises in Langley. (Edward Hasted: Hlosan in Saxon, signifying "to lose" or "be lost").

Loose was a civil parish in Maidstone Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Maidstone non-metropolitan district.

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