There is no explanation for the name "Lotten". However, the history of Lotten is strongly connected to the manor House Lotten..

This estate was founded because of the political unrest from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. A so-called "Salhof" already existed in Lotten at the time when the convent of Corvey was built. "Salhoefe" were estates owned by a convent and managed by dependants who had to deliver all their earnings to the convent and by dependent farmers who had to tribute parts of their incomes. As a result of turbulent times without strong leadership, this traditional system suffered. In order to regain its influence, Corvey combined Salhoefe with surrounding farms and appointed an administrator for each new Salhof. This person had to collect the farmers' tributes and deliver them to the convent. A register from 1107 describes Lotten as such a combined Salhof.
In the time that followed the appointment of administrators proved to be a mistake. The administrators, who were also called "Meier", did not remain dependent farm labourers but became independent officers. They also knew how to pass on their office to their descendants. Thus manors developed. A document from the end of the twelfth century mentions that Knight Bernhard von Borsum and his brothers Widold and Eberhard became administrators of the Lotten estate. We do not know how long the Borsum family lived in Lotten. The estate was probably fortified in the century that followed. In the fifteenth century the von Dwingelo family acquired the property and used Lotten as second surname. Von Dwingelos were members of the "Burgmannschaft" (association of knights) in Haseluenne. For 400 years the Dwingelo family stayed in Lotten until it died out with Clemens von Dwingelo in the nineteenth century. Afterwards, Colonel Christian Wolfgang von Spiess, who was married to a sister of Clemens von Dwingelo, became the new owner of Lotten. Finally, in 1902, the district president of Muenster, Alfred von Gescher, acquired the estate. In 1905 the mansion was knocked down and a new building was constructed. The Gescher family still owns the Lotten estate.

 

 

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