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Mapledurham, once two manors, Mapledurham Gurney and Mapledurham Chazey, dates back to Domesday. The larger manor, Gurney, named after Gerard de Gournay, passed through several families, including the Bardolfs, until 1416 when it was sold to Richard Blount who came over with William the Conqueror. The Blounts, tracing their lineage to Norman roots, notably through Sir Walter Blount, standard bearer to Henry IV, acquired the estate in 1490. Richard Blount's ancestors include Sir Thomas Blount, Treasurer of Normandy, and Sir Walter Blount, 1st Lord Mountjoy. Richard, inheritor of Mapledurham, was the grandson of Sir Thomas' second son.

Because of its scenic location, and lack of through traffic, Mapledurham has been used as a set for several films, including the 1976 thriller The Eagle Has Landed.

4 miles north west of Reading, signed from the A4074 (Caversham to Oxford road). Please note - if you are using satnav directions, be aware that people are often directed to either Tilehurst (the other side of the river) or via The Warren which is inaccessible to traffic.

Pheasant, partridge & simulated game

Game Shooting - September until mid-January

Simulated Game - March until mid-July

The estate capitalizes on the breath-taking undulating terrain, offering exceptional opportunities for sporting shooting amidst the timeless beauty of the Chiltern landscape. We maximize the utilisation of the historic estate buildings, meeting within the manor house and utilising the charming mill as a convenient stopover during the shoot day.

Locally the estate is blessed with some wonderful pubs and stunning hotels available close to the shoot.


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