The village of Loose has an interesting history. The valley is connected along its length by the Loose stream which is fed by many springs that appear throughout the valley. The stream powered several water mills in the past, probably for the paper making trade. The purity of the spring water helping to provide a fine quality paper. In the valley there are a number of lime kilns and dip wells which are now in such decay they are difficult to find. The valley and surrounding area has and is still used to graze sheep, grow soft fruits and support orchards. To the east, toward Boughton Monchelsea, the valley is heavily wooded and covers the site of ancient quarry works. The name Loose is said to be derived from an Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘pig sty’. There are several ancient buildings in the village one of which is the Wool House which is now owned by the National Trust.