day tripping

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GoodiesFinnicky details like ‘not being in Durham‘ and ‘not being surrounded by Maples’ do not detract from the fabulousness of Mapledurham house (and mill, turbine, tea-rooms, village, riverside)

It is a well preserved Elizabethan building on the banks of the river Thames, a couple of miles outside Reading town. Getting there involved a 2 mile drive down a winding single-track country road bounded by 10ft ancient hedgerows. Thomas and I had to use our skills for

  • looking around corners
  • braking
  • swerving
  • reversing
  • pulling into the hedgerow, breathing-in and closing our eyes/headlamps

Actual cogs and wheels Drawings of Cogs and wheels A friend recently bought the derelict Flitwick Mill, that is mentioned in the Doomsday book (1066 AD). Looking around the Mapledurham mill gave me an insight into how the Flitwick mill might have looked and sounded. I loved the sound of the creaking cogs transferring the power of the waterwheel to the millstone.

Other highlights of the mill included the

Lots of lovely things in the actual house, staircases, wood panneling, furniture, textiles, fireplaces…..

I kept a look-out for woodcarvings or plaster mouldings of similar design to the carving on my new, old, bench.  They might help me to ‘date’ the bench. I din’t find any, I’ll keep looking….

House Front



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5 bits of lovely banter on “day tripping”

  1. p-g writes:

    Fascinating – thanks for the memories.



  2. Will Watts writes:

    Been there too, two years since. In addition to the delights you skilfully enumerate, I remember serious rhododendrons at the front of the house, with scary thick tree trunk-like stems fracturing the pavement around the front door.

    And the house itself having a melancholy atmosphere owing to its state of decay (compared with the carefully preserved mill); the scaffolding supporting the rear of it, and the half-collapsed haha* round the lawn at the front.

    *A favourite word. The opportunity to use it impelled me to type the comment.



  3. wendy writes:

    oh! I missed the Haha and mistook the bloomless ground-wrecking rhodedendron for magnolia. Looks like I’ll have to go again to get the full benefit. The nice chap at the car park said I could walk there from Caversham along ‘The warren’ when he saw how badly the drive-down had affected my mental health.

    Meanwhile I’ll have to recommend Laycock. The Abbey. Excellent Haha:
    Laycock Abbey HaHa ditch

    (Kay, it looks like there’s a proportion of regular readers who have a fondness for Reading town based on past or present residence)



    Will Watts writes

    You might well be right re rhododendron/magnolia – I claim no expertise, but having invested the effort to look up the spelling on Wiki felt obliged to stick with my guess.

    Laycock Haha in much better nick – a positive Teehee in fact.



    wendy writes

    that’s the US of A spelling of the more affectionately termed ‘Rhodeee’ from the stem word Rodeo.

    The Rhodeee is the State national flower of Washington State where it’s prolific in the wild, along with Scottish broom.

    The Rhodeee was named after an accomplished cowbow fellow who ‘rode’ quite well, spelt atrociously, and used the plant to build paddock fences becsause of it’s bouncy properties. The horses bounced right off the fence when they accidentally bucked into it.



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