A WELL-ATTENDED meeting of Henley Probus Club at Badgemore Park Golf Club enjoyed an excellent illustrated talk by miller Corrie Starling, entitled The Old Mill at Mapledurham. For the past 500 years, the old mill has been run by descendants of the Blount family.
In the Fifties the estate was in a dreadful condition and the family undertook a huge amount of work. In the past 40 to 50 years the mill has been operated by a private family trust. The estate extends to 2,500 acres with 55 houses, listed to at least Grade II.
Income has been generated by Mapledurham House by many different types of activities such as the Aston Martin Rally, Agatha Christie plays and filming of The Eagle Has Landed and episodes of Murder She Wrote and Midsomer Murders. The original house and land was valued at 20 shillings in the Domesday Book.
In recent years Corrie and his wife have taken over responsibility from the estate of managing the famous timber-framed Watermill, which still produces excellent flour.
In days gone by the mill supplied London with large quantities of flour.