December 10, 2007 15:01

Led Zeppelin reunion: vicar says 'Leave Bron–yr-Aur house alone'

Fans are damaging band's songwriting getaway

Led Zeppelin reunion: vicar says 'Leave Bron–yr-Aur house alone'
A vicar has asked Led Zeppelin fans to stop visiting his remote rural Welsh cottage made famous by the band.

Bron–yr-Aur in Gwynedd’s Dyfi Valley was used by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to write their third album in 1970, and one track is named after it.

Reverend John Dale, who has owned the building for 35 years, says fans have been to see it and some have even broken in.

But now as the band play a reunion gig at the O2 Arena in London he is appealing to be left alone.

“We’ve had more than one break-in and once a photograph was taken near the fireplace and posted on the web," he said. “There have been other incidents too, with one quite amusing one where someone removed a piece of cement stuff from the house but later posted it back to us.”

Three house name signs have also gone missing.

Dale told BBC News: “We've resorted to painting the house name on a ruddy great boulder which I've concreted into the ground."

The vicar is not a Led Zeppelin fan and did not realise the connection when he first bought the property.

He was later told "some pop musicians" had stayed there.

Fans from all over the world, including Italy, Japan, China and the United States, have trekked up the hill to see the property.

"On the whole people are fine: they walk up and take a photo and go, but I don't want hundreds coming up here," Dale added.

According to him, there is also a misconception about the links between the house and band.

Singer Robert Plant never owned the property, although he does have a property elsewhere in mid Wales, and Led Zeppelin only visited once.

Dale has had to improve security because of the visiting fans.

"I'm preparing for retirement now and will live there permanently so I am there a lot more often, and we've also had builders working there," he explained. "It is a beautiful place, but people must remember that it is a private house surrounded by private farmland, although there is a footpath at the top of the field behind the house."

You can follow the build-up to the band's reunion concert all day on NME.COM. We will be bringing you all the build up from the O2 Arena, plus tonight we’ll be bringing you a special song by song blog and first review live from inside the concert.

You can access the song-by-song blog from 5pm today.

Meanwhile are you going to the gig? If so send your pictures, reviews and stories to ledzep@nme.com, be sure to include your name and where you come from and we’ll publish the best.

Plus read NME.COM's brief history of Led Zeppelin, check out
Ahmet Ertegun's story and look at our special Led Zeppelin picture gallery.

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