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What Is Life Like In Loose?
Loose is a beautiful village and parish, lying less than three miles from Kent’s county town of Maidstone. The area forms part of the picturesque Loose Valley and its conservation area.
The River Loose runs through the centre of the quintessential village and, alongside it, you’ll still find watermills, as a nod to the region’s paper-making past.
With such a laid-back atmosphere, fantastic local schools and welcoming community, it’s no surprise that Loose is attracting buyers looking for family homes and those who just want to enjoy a peaceful, village life. Areas that are extremely popular include Lancet Lane, Sheppey Road, Anglesey Avenue, Salts Lane and Walnut Tree Lane.
History Of Loose
Loose is steeped in history dating back as far as the Middle Ages. It was in the Industrial Revolution that the area became of real importance though, when seven paper mills were built around the Loose Stream. Whilst the last mill closed in 1987, the remains of Gurney's Mill, Loose Village Mill and the mill ponds at Little and Great Ivy mills are still evident, as a reminder of the village’s past.
Speaking of evidence of Loose’s history, during the 18th and 19th centuries, landlords of the village’s Chequers Inn kept horses to help them haul carts to the top of the steep Old Loose Hill. The road still has the haul stones lining it, which were used to relieve the horses of the load.
In 1830, the iconic Loose Viaduct was built by Thomas Telford, to carry the Maidstone to Hastings road that we now know as the A229!
Days Out In Loose
Scenic Loose has plenty of pretty spots to explore. Brooks Field is a public, parish-council-owned space with a seat, overlooking the breathtaking valley. Come snow or sunshine, local residents enjoy either tobogganing or simply relaxing in the field. With its tranquil setting and wonderful views, the field attracts many artists who use the stunning surroundings to inspire their work.
The area also boasts many walks, treating residents and visitors to further sights of the Loose Valley and surrounding region.
As the parish is just a few minutes’ drive from Maidstone and all the county town has to offer, from shops, restaurants and bars to castles, theatres and museums – there’s so much for those that live in Loose to do.
Things To Do In Loose
Loose has a busy and thriving social scene with regular groups meeting, including the History Society, Gardener’s Society and the Valley Conservation Society. The village organises an annual fete with stalls, funfair and dog show – bringing local residents together to celebrate their community!
The Alpine Trust Allotments (who are owned by a charity trust and looked after by the Loose Gardeners' Society) are extremely popular with green-fingered locals who want to live the good life and grow their own. In recent years, they have been awarded the prestigious ‘Best Allotment in Kent.’
After a busy day, what can be better than indulging in your favourite tipple at the local? The Chequers Inn is located in Loose itself, whilst The Horseshoes is another charming country pub with roaring fires and a beer garden in nearby East Farleigh.
Schools In Loose
Loose has excellent local schools within close proximity, these include:
Primary and first schools:
- Tiger Primary School
- Loose Infant School
- Loose Junior School
- Molehill Copse Primary School
- Boughton Monchelsea Primary School
- New Line Learning Academy
- The Cornwallis School
- Senacre Technology College
- Maidstone Grammar School
- The Astor of Hever Community School
- Oakwood Park Grammar School
Transport In Loose
Loose has good transport links to nearby villages and towns.
The nearest station to Loose is East Farleigh (2 miles away), which has regular services to Strood and Tonbridge. Maidstone East (3.5 miles from Loose) operates routes to Ashford International (in as little as 25 minutes), London Victoria (in an hour) and Canterbury (in 66 minutes).
Buses and coaches
Arriva and Nu-Venture serve Loose, connecting it with Maidstone and the surrounding villages.
London City (39 miles from Loose) and London Gatwick (41 miles) are the closest international airports to the village.
Loose is located on the A229, which runs to Maidstone in the north and Hurst Green in the south. Central London is 41 miles’ drive from Loose.