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Mapledurham is a small village and civil parish in the English county of Oxfordshire. The village is located on the north bank of the River Thames some 4 miles (6 km) east of the town of Reading. The only road access is by a narrow and steep lane from the Caversham to Goring-On-Thames road at Trench Green. Despite the fact that Mapledurham village is closer, as the crow flies, to central Reading than some of that town's suburbs, it remains a remote and rural location.[1] A village is a human residential settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... In England a civil parish (usually just parish) is the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in south-east England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... The Thames (pronounced []) is a river flowing through southern England and connecting London with the sea. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between 1 km and 10 km (103 and 104 m). ... Reading is a town and unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) in the English county of Berkshire. ... Caversham is a suburb in the unitary authority of Reading, England, although, historically, Caversham was part of Oxfordshire. ... Railway bridge near Goring Goring-On-Thames is a village and civil parish on the River Thames in the English county of Oxfordshire. ...

The civil parish of Mapledurham covers a considerably larger area than the village itself, and includes the even smaller settlements of Trench Green and Chazey Heath in the Chiltern Hills above the village. [1] The Chiltern Hills are a chalk escarpment that stretches in a south-west to north-east diagonal from Goring-On-Thames to Luton, but is most prominent in Buckinghamshire. ...

The village is the location of both Mapledurham Watermill, the last operational watermill on the Thames, and the stately home Mapledurham House. However Mapledurham Lock is in fact situated on the opposite bank of the river, in the Berkshire village of Purley-On-Thames. Although the weir stretches across the river between the two villages, no public access is possible across it and, in the absence of a boat, journeys between the two villages require a lengthy detour via Reading or Whitchurch-on-Thames. Mapledurham Lock is a lock and weir situated on the River Thames in England. ... Berkshire (IPA: or  ; sometimes abbreviated to Berks) is a county in England and forms part of the South East England region. ... Purley-on-Thames is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. ... Whitchurch-on-Thames is a village and civil parish on the River Thames in the English county of Oxfordshire. ...

Because of its picturesque situation, and lack of through traffic, Mapledurham has been used as a set for several films, most notably the 1976 film of The Eagle Has Landed. The village, house and mill form something of a local tourist attraction, and on summer weekends the village can be reached by a boat service from Reading.[2] The Eagle Has Landed is a book by Jack Higgins first published in 1975. ...


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey (2006). OS Explorer Map 159 - Reading. ISBN 0-319-23730-3.
  2. ^ Thames River Cruises (2006). Boat service from Reading to Mapledurham. Retrieved March 13, 2006.

March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Map sources for Mapledurham.
  • Mapledurham Estate website

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