Mapledurham – From Domesday to The Eagle Has Landed

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 Windmill was the setting for the 1976 film, The Eagle Has Landed

Mapledurham Windmill was the setting for the 1976 film, The Eagle Has Landed

Preserves and pickles...

Preserves and pickles…

Mapledurham Watermill - the only working mill on the Thames

Mapledurham Watermill – the only working mill on the Thames

A full history of the House can be seen on the Mapledurham estate website, which also contains histories on the church and watermill.

The beautiful Mapledurham House

The beautiful Mapledurham House

Enjoying cream teas at the house

Enjoying cream teas at the house

This giant tree is found in the grounds outside Mapledurham House

This giant tree is found in the grounds outside Mapledurham 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.

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4 Comments to Mapledurham – From Domesday to The Eagle Has Landed

  1. Wonderful to see the old mill still working – it looks on its last legs but probably has for decades. A very tempting place for a day out.

    • Ian Rhodes says:

      It is a lovely, relaxing day out. The mill is still fully functional still, although I did overhear the shopkeeper saying she might have to run upstairs any moment to pull a lever, and that it would be catastrophic if she didn’t so it sounds pretty labour intensive…

  2. p.m.terrell says:

    I saw some of your photographs on Sammy’s “Tuesday Teaser” blog, and Pam suggested that I check out your travel blog. Looking forward to following it. I’ve been wanting to take a trip to the UK for a long time, and hope to learn of all the interesting places I should go.

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