View From The Great Western Railway, Looking Towards Mapledurham
Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
Ascending the River Thames from Purley Hall "on the Oxfordshire bank, is Mapledurham, with its church, pleasantlly environed with trees, on the river's brink." The descriptive letterpress accompanying Russell Sedgfield's photograph of Mapledurham quotes from "Hall's most agreeable and entertaining 'Book of the Thames'...'At one view we have Mapledurham Ferry, Lock, and Weir; the mossy old mill embosomed in rich foliage, from which again rises the grey church tower; behind which, though almost hidden by lofty trees, we see the turreted outline of Mapledurham House, forming altogether a painter's paradise. The river here becomes broad, and studded with numerous islets, between which extends a series of weirs, over which the water tumbles and foams, adding life and variety to the general calmness of the scene.'"
Text from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'