The Domesday Book makes reference to a windmill at Mapledurham, and today the old mill is the only one on the Thames still working.
Together with the picturesque Mapledurham House and St Margaret’s Church, it forms the basis of a delightful day out in the Oxfordshire countryside.
Mapledurham – meaning the maple tree enclosure – appears in Domesday as two manors, Mapledurham Gurney belonging to William de Warenne, and Mapledurham Chazey, the abode of Milo Crispin, the Lord of Wallingford.
These days the estate belongs to John Joseph Eyston. Since 1960 he has restored Mapledurham House and now lives there with his wife, Lady Anne, and their three children Edward, Katharine and Mary.
We even bumped into him during a stroll around the lush green gardens outside the house.
Mapledurham was also, famously, the scene for the 1976 film, The Eagle Has Landed, which starred Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall.
The watermill was also used as the backdrop in the image on the cover of the Black Sabbath album of the same name.