From his remote cottage...
Jason Gregory

14:17 10th December 2007

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A vicar has urged Led Zeppelin fans to stop visiting his remote cottage because of its famous association with the band.

Reverend John Dale’s cottage in the Dyfi Valley in Wales was used by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page as a writing base for their third album and even has a track named after it.

Since Plant and Page used the property, Bron-yr-Aur has become a cult landmark and been the site of a number of break-ins, says Dale, who has owned the house for 35 years.

"We've had more than one break-in and once a photograph was taken near the fireplace and posted on the web," he told the BBC.

"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."

Speaking on the day Led Zeppelin will reform for their one-off show at the O2 Arena in London, Dale said that he has had to resort to painting the houses' name on a concrete boulder.

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

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