|The Staplehurst branch FamilyTree|
The family seems to have made their
fortune as tanners. They built the existing house around 1550.
Contemporary accounts described it as a 'mansion'. Later generations are recorded as yeomen, clothiers,
hop merchants, leather sellers etc. Two became church ministers jailed
for non-conformity in 1662. Edward, born in 1705 made his mark as a
London banker and undertook major enlargement of the house and estate.
He was probably responsible for the family pedigree above. The
generation born between 1740 and 1760 produced no male heirs. Elizabeth
the last Usborne in direct line died at Loddenden in 1839. Mrs Ann
Usborne, wife of Edward, lived there till 1875 when it passed to her
Australian niece Elizabeth Downing. Curiously Elizabeth married Thomas
Starling Usborne to whom she was not related. Thomas died in 1903
and Elizabeth in 1906. The estate was sold in 1908 to H.S.Cowper F.S.A.
an amateur archivist and archeologist who published a book in 1914
called Great Loddenden---The Usbornes of Loddenden from which much
detail has been gleaned.