Headley Grange – Where Led Zeppelin Recorded “Stairway To Heaven” and Led Zeppelin IV.
Liphook Rd, Headley, Hampshire, England, UK.
Built in 1795, Headley Grange is a three story stone house that Led Zeppelin recorded much of Led Zeppelin IV between December 1970 and March, 1971. The band set up the Rolling Stones Mobile Studios and recorded the basic tracks here. It is also here that Robert Plant came up with most of the lyrics to “Stairway To Heaven.” Jimmy Page had started writing the song at Bron-Yr-Aur.
According to Page, Headley Grange was somewhat rundown and the heating didn’t work, however the band was looking for a ‘live-in’ situation where they could write and record.
The Led Zeppelin song “Black Dog” was named after a black Labrador Retriever which was found hanging around Headley Grange during the recording.
Led Zeppelin IV was released on November 8, 1971 and has sold over 37 million units worldwide.
In the 2009 documentary It Might Get Loud, Jimmy Page is filmed visiting Headley Grange and discussing the recording of Led Zeppelin IV there. Today it is a private residence.