A superb manor with a long and fascinating history, Mapledurham estate goes back to the Domesday Book, but the current house is largely a product of the late 16th century. Sir Michael Blount began the house around 1588 and it was finished by his son Richard in 1612. Sir Charles Blount (c.1598-1655) fought for the king in the Civil War, and as a result Mapledurham was besieged and sacked by Parliamentary troops.
Suffering the usual consequences of property belonging to a Catholic family, Mapledurham House went through a torrid time during the 1640s but was eventually secured by Walter Blount in 1651. Through their long association with the renowned 18th century poet, Alexander Pope, Martha and Teresa Blount became the most famous sisters of the family and, following Pope's death, he left many of his possessions to Martha, which are displayed in Mapledurham House. Pope also influenced the layout of the gardens in conjunction with his favoured designer, William Kent.
When Catholics were allowed to follow their faith openly, a lovely little chapel was created in Mapledurham House, in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style that was so popular at the end of the 18th century, and this continues to be used regularly for the celebration of Mass.