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Lossenham at Newenden, Kent

Lossenham History

The Auchers of Lossenham in Newenden  were descendants of the Dukes of Kent. Anne, only daughter and heir of Henry Aucher, carried the manor of Lossenham in marriage (circa 1490) to Walter Culpeper9 of Wigsell and Under Marshall of Calais. From this union descended the Hollingbourne and the Wigsell branches of the family. (Source: Hasted, History of Kent)

After Walter died in 1515 and his wife Ann in 1532, their heir was their son William Culpeper, Esq.10. Upon William's death in 1559, his heir was his son, John Culpeper, Esq.11. John died in Oct 1612, and his widow Elizabeth continued to live at Lossenham until her death in May 1618. Her son Thomas12 was to be the heir, but on 18 Sep 1613 he predeceased her, leaving Thomas' son, Slaney13 as heir. In Dec 1618, Slaney died unmarried six months after the death of his grandmother, Elizabeth, and Slaney's heir was his brother John Culpeper of Wigsell13. Lossenham was sold in 1628 by John, who later became Lord Culpeper, First Baron of Thoresway. (Sources: Hasted, and other records in the Culpepper Connections! Family Tree and Web site)

Losenham in Newenden, co. Kent, Oct 1999
Lossenham at Newenden
Photograph by Warren Culpepper, Oct. 1999

Losenham in the 1800's
Lossenham at Newenden
19th Century

Location: 0.5 mile E of Newenden on Lossenham Lane.
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 841 277

Lossenham Dates, Culpeper Ownership and Monarch

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1200s-1490: Aucher family

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1490-1516: Walter Culpeper9 of Wigsell and Under Marshall of Calais * 
(Henry VII, Henry VIII) (See Will)

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1516-1532: Ann Culpeper, dowager of Walter * (See Will)
(Henry VIII)

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1532-1559: William Culpeper, Esq.10 *
(Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth. When Henry VIII seized the monasteries in 1536, William came into possession of that land to restore to his Lossenham estate.) (See Will)

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1559-1612: John Culpeper, Esq.11 *
(Elizabeth, James I)

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1612-1618: Elizabeth Culpeper, dowager of John *
(James I)

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1618-1628: John Culpeper of Wigsell13, later Lord Culpeper, First Baron of Thoresway
(James I, Charles I)

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1628-1742: Adrian Moore and descendants
(Charles I, the Commonwealth, the Stuarts)

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1742: Bishop Family
(George II)

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Later: Selmes and Tukes families

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1999: Gethin family.

* From 1490-1618, Lossenham Manor was held by direct ancestors of the modern-day Culpeppers. These names are in bold.

It is interesting to note that the current owner of Lossenham is a descendant of the family of Dame Grace Gethin. Dame Grace is the 4-great granddaughter of William Culpeper, Esq.10, who owned the home from 1532-1559. Grace is honored on identical monuments at Hollingbourne Church, where she is buried, and at Westminster Abbey. The inscriptions reads, in part:

To the pious memory of Dame Grace Gethin, wife of Sir Richard Gethin of Gethin Grott in Ireland, Baronet, Daughter of Sir George Norton and Granddaughter of Sir George Norton, Knights, and great granddaughter of Sir William Owen of Salop, Sir Thomas Freak of Dorset and Sir Thomas Culpeper of Kent, Knights. (Died)  11 Oct 1697 at age 21.

An anniversary sermon is preached in Grace's memory in the Abbey every Ash Wednesday.

Lands in Newenden

Sir Thomas Culpeper6 will of 1428: "Touching the lands in Hernden in Sandherst  and Newynden..."

This could not have been Lossenham of Newenden as the Culpepers had no yet come in possession of it.

St. Peters at NewendenChurch of St. Peter at Newenden

"The name Lossenham itself has an important story to tell, for here Sir Thomas Fitz-Aucher founded in 1242 one of the earliest Carmelite houses in England, and dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin... Little trace of the Lossenham mediaeval buildings has been discovered, except for some of the stones built into the oast house, but many significant field names survive, in Friar's Field, Friar's Marsh, Kitchen orchard and Chapel Orchard. Most of the buildings disappeared soon after the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536), but some must have been left standing, for Henry VIII let the site to William Culpeper of Hunton."

Culpepper Connections note: This was William Culpeper Esq.10, a direct ancestor of the modern-day Culpeppers.  Apparently, Sir Thomas Fitz-Aucher had given only part of his land at Lossenham to the monastery, and the Dissolution resulted in all of Lossenham again being privately held.

Mention is made of "all houses, buildings and lands lying within the site of this house."  In 1628, Sir John Culpeper (of Wigsell13) sold the estate to Adrian Moore who built the new house. One of the Bishop family bought it in 1742 and then it went to the Selmes and Tukes...

"...No mention of parochial records would be complete without reference to the church's benefactor, King Edward I. He came to Newenden to hunt and fish and it is tradition that he stayed at Lossenham with the Fitz-Auchers, one of whom was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber. It is interesting to recall that the earliest reference to cricket is contained in the wardrobe accounts of King Edward I when he stayed at Lossenham, and played there."

Source: Church booklet by Anne Roper, 4th edition, June 1993.

Location: On A268 and A28, just north of the River Rother, 11 miles SE of Goudhurst.
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 835 273

Newenden

History and Photographs

1831 Topographical Dictionary
"NEWENDEN-LIBERTY. A parish in the hundred of SELBRITTENDEN, lathe of SCRAY, county of KENT, 5˝ miles (S.W. by S.) from Tenterden, containing 151 inhabitants... The church is dedicated to St. Peter. This place, now an inconsiderable village, but still governed by a bailiff and under-bailiff, independent of the hundred, was formerly a large city and sea-port, and is said to have contained fifty-two taverns. The Roman station Anderidœ has by some been fixed near this spot, where [p.362] large remains of earthworks, many Roman coins, foundations, and other antiquities have been from time to time discovered. The river Rother, which is crossed by a modern brick bridge of three arches, on the high road from Kent to Sussex, runs through the parish. At Losenden (Lossenham) are the remains of a Carmelite friary, founded in 1241, by Sir Thomas Fitz-Aucher, Knight, in honour of the Blessed Virgin. Here is a powerful chalybeate spring."

Last Revised: 02 Jan 2015

 

 
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