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Translated from Welsh, Bron-Yr-Aur is "Hill of Gold" or "Breast of Gold," and is the name of this cottage that was used by Robert Plant's family since the 1950s.

In 1970, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page spent time recuperating here after a grueling North American tour. Along with Plant's wife and daughter, Page's girlfriend Charlotte Martin, and Led Zeppelin roadies Clive Coulson and Sandy MacGregor were also present.

As Page recalls:

"Robert (Plant) and I went to Bron-Yr-Aur in 1970. We'd been working solidly right up to that point. Even recordings were done on the road. We had this time off and Robert suggested the cottage. I certainly hadn't been to that area of Wales. So we took our guitars down there and played a few bits and pieces. This wonderful countryside, panoramic views and having the guitars ... it was just an automatic thing to be playing. And we started writing."

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Built in 1795, this three-story structure was originally a workhouse for the poor, infirm and orphaned. In 1870, it was converted to a private residence and renamed Headley Grange.

Led Zeppelin composed and recorded many tracks on the albums Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti at this location.

Robert Plant wrote the lyrics for "Stairway to Heaven" in one day at Headley Grange. The song "Black Dog" was named after a black Labrador Retriever that was hanging around the building at the time.

The drum track to "When the Levee Breaks" was recorded in the stairwell of the facility.

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