WITH names like Elton John and Elvis Costello at the Henley Festival this week, here is
WITH names like Elton John and Elvis Costello at the Henley Festival this week, here is a picture of a local building with rock music connections.
It is a Victorian boathouse near Pangbourne seen from the opposite side of the river at Whitchurch.
The building is reputed to be where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant formed Led Zeppelin.
It is also rumoured that Page owned a slipper launch back in the late Sixties and used to enjoy quiet times alone on the water, switching off the motor and simply coasting silently along with the stream — a practice not to be recommended!
Plant is said to have re-visited the boathouse with his girlfriend in 2003 and the new occupant did not recognise him!
Incidentally, if you are walking to this point on the north side of the Thames you may pass Mapledurham watermill, which was used in as a backdrop on a Black Sabbath LP cover.