Old Father Thames has spawned more novels and poems than brown trout; more tributes than tributaries. But it is still easy to forget what an influence this river has had on our culture until you come to research a certain stretch of it.
Mapledurham Mill is near Mapledurham House (see our Heritage section on pages 20-23 of this issue). It is part of the Mapledurham Estate, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The mill was built in 1423, but the present Mapledurham House was not created until 1588.