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Trip to John Bonham's Grave.

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Hi guys, last year I finally made the journey to Bonham's grave in rushock. I walked all the way there from the train station (several miles) on the hottest day of the summer, mostly on roads with no footpath risking life and limb as articulated lorries (trucks) screamed past me! (not recommended) It was worth it though. Anyway, I just thought I'd share some photographs I took.

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Nice pics and on a beautiful day! Apparently it poured down on the day of the funeral. I read somewhere there was a massive police and security presence but only 8 drenched fans turned up to watch the coffin arrive at the church.

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Terrific pictures! Thanks for sharing your story. Did you leave anything at the grave site? Were there any markings on the way to the cemetary? Thanks again!

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same questions as Walter.

I visited in December 2001 and not a single item was left graveside in tribute. Don't know if they kept it maintained regularly or what. The pictures you post here are amazing and thank you so much for sharing. Sounds like a fantastic journey. Were you alone? I went with a friend (fellow LZ fan from Chelmsford) and it was cold & rainy for days. We also visited Little John's grave on the same trip. Long, long day. My grandfather's family is originally from Nottingham.

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Yeah, I went alone. There are no markings whatsoever, even on the path up to the church, there is no indication there is even a church...it's certainly not a place one is going to stumble upon but if I can find his grave - anyone can - as I am notorious for getting lost. It's basically a long road and a right turn, if one was driving in a car I think it would be easy to miss the turn. I took some video footage of me placing some sticks on the gravesite. (the audio got messed up, for some reason)

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Hi guys, last year I finally made the journey to Bonham's grave in rushock. I walked all the way there from the train station (several miles) on the hottest day of the summer, mostly on roads with no footpath risking life and limb as articulated lorries (trucks) screamed past me! (not recommended) It was worth it though. Anyway, I just thought I'd share some photographs I took.

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what a great story. thank you for sharing the memory. very cool. bk

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Hi guys, last year I finally made the journey to Bonham's grave in rushock. I walked all the way there from the train station (several miles) on the hottest day of the summer, mostly on roads with no footpath risking life and limb as articulated lorries (trucks) screamed past me! (not recommended) It was worth it though. Anyway, I just thought I'd share some photographs I took.

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks for your comments guys, it was a lovely place and I wish I could have spent a bit more time up there. Hopefully some of you will be able to make the trip some day. Well worth it.

Stu

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this is from my friend in Chelmsford I think its quite a view

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do you know what season this one was taken in ? looks like around fall. seems like a place i might like to just go and sit and think. even better if not too many people are around there.

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Am I right in thinking, JHB is not actually buried there, He was cremated...

his ashes are not buried there either ?

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Yeah, I went alone. There are no markings whatsoever, even on the path up to the church, there is no indication there is even a church...it's certainly not a place one is going to stumble upon but if I can find his grave - anyone can - as I am notorious for getting lost. It's basically a long road and a right turn, if one was driving in a car I think it would be easy to miss the turn. I took some video footage of me placing some sticks on the gravesite. (the audio got messed up, for some reason)

It's so beautiful and peaceful there; also I love the cow/bull that is guarding it :)

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his ashes are not buried there either ?

John Bonham was cremated and his ashes were interred on October 12,1980, at Rushock Parish Church, Worcestershire.

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we visited on December 5, 2001

like Pagesbow said in his post, no markings exist not even for the church. I do not think I could have found it on my own. I cannot imagine walking those roads (no sidewalks or shoulders) although in retrospect I wish I would have.

GPS and GoogleMaps were not yet available so we started with postal code WR9 and then asked locals. Narrow roads, nothing is pure north or south and again without markings.... We had planned on going to Bron-Yr-Aur as well but the weather got to us and we ran out of time. Maybe another time.

Yes it was peaceful. And beautiful. And easy to soul search.

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do you know what season this one was taken in ? looks like around fall. seems like a place i might like to just go and sit and think. even better if not too many people are around there.

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we visited on December 5, 2001

like Pagesbow said in his post, no markings exist not even for the church. I do not think I could have found it on my own. I cannot imagine walking those roads (no sidewalks or shoulders) although in retrospect I wish I would have.

GPS and GoogleMaps were not yet available so we started with postal code WR9 and then asked locals. Narrow roads, nothing is pure north or south and again without markings.... We had planned on going to Bron-Yr-Aur as well but the weather got to us and we ran out of time. Maybe another time.

Yes it was peaceful. And beautiful. And easy to soul search.

I looked into going to Bron-Yr-Aur but I don't think I'd attempt that one without a car. Headly Grange would be cool, too.

I used GPS to find Bonham's Grave (I actually only saw one other person on foot the entire journey, so couldn't have asked for directions if I had needed to) but I don't like relying on it a 100% because often googlemaps will take you via the less direct route or there will be roads missing, etc & I've come unstuck a few times. Coming at it from the direction I was (from the Droitwich Spa train station) it's hard to get lost once you get on the A442 as it's just one, long winding road for a few hours (& traffic coming at you at in excess of 60mph)

Anyway, this was the route I took:

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oh that helps- thank you. I was thinking you walked from the northwest. What a beautiful walk.

No worries. The walk up to the church after I got off the main road was nice. The rest of the walk was like walking on a busy highway/motorway....pretty noisy.

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