Chazey Wood is within the Mapledurham estate and there is a public bridleway passing through the wood, although there is no open access to the rest of the woods. The woods are at their best around the last week of May when the bluebells create a carpet of blue as far as the eye can see.
The estate has the last working watermill on the Thames which featured in the film The Eagle Has Landed.
Mapledurham, which means "the maple tree enclosure", appears in the Doomsday book as two manors, Mapledurham Gurney and Mapledurham Chazey. In 1490 the Blount family purchased the Estate, later buying the Chazey Manor.
The Blounts were Catholic and therefore Royalists which resulted in their estates being sequestered. Fortunately the Blounts were able to re-purchased the estate and their descendants still live there to this day.
Chazey Wood inspired local artist, John Yeo, to paint the following pictures which he entered in the 2008 Special Woods Art Competition:
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