Mapledurham - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing Mapledurham Village. Image taken in early April 2012 whilst on a walk from Goring along the Thames Path. Sadly, Mapledurham House and Mill were closed at the time.
Mapledurham - FURTHER INFORMATION
Mapledurham - Pangbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Mapledurham' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
Mapledurham village runs along a single lane next to the River Thames close to Whitchchurch-on-Thames in Berkshire. The lane is very picturesque, lined with old red-brick cottages and alms houses. At the end of the lane is Mapledurham House and Mill and St Margaret Church.
Mapledurham House grounds contain a 14th century manor house, but this is dominated by the much larger Tudor red-brick house built by Michael Bloung, courtier and Lieutenant of the Tower in 1580. A devout Catholic in the times of Elizabeth I, he must have been shown much favour to have been allowed to keep these lands and build this mansion. He returned this favour by secretly harbouring, aiding and abetting other Catholics fleeing prosecution by the crown.
Mapledurham House in now in private hands, run as a paid tourist attraction, with some holiday cottages and a popular venue for weddings and other events. Also on the grounds is a working medieval Mill.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Mapledurham is on a narrow country lane, about 4 miles from the center of Reading, about 3 miles from Pangbourne and Whitchurch-on-Thames..
Train: Pangbourne Station, Tilehurst Rail Station - both with direct trains to Oxford, Reading and London.
Boat: Along the River Thames.