The Loose Valley first became a Conservation area in 1970.
The stream which runs through the valley, rises in Langley, with its path meandering through Loose, into Tovil and finally into the River Medway. In the sixteenth century, prior to the industrial revolution, the availability of Fuller’s Earth and the purity of the stream’s spring water helped the woollen trade prosper in the Loose area. There are various watermills dotted throughout the valley, evidence of a time when the mills also supported a paper making industry.
There are an interesting mix of styles of houses in the valley, from all different periods of history. One of the older houses is the Wool House in Church Street, which is a National Trust property.
In the centre of the village is the Chequers, a sixteenth century public house, which is also a restaurant.
For more information on the history of Loose visit the Loose Area History Society’s website.