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Hidden serene village near Kidderminster that cares for grave of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham's final resting place between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove in hidden pretty village
 
By Alison BrinkworthSenior

Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham may have been known as the 'wild man of rock' but his final resting place is one of the most serene villages in his home region of Worcestershire.

Hidden in the countryside between Kidderminster, Droitwich and Bromsgrove and down a single track road is the tiny village of Rushock with its peaceful charm and tranquility.

It's a one lane street, more or less, mainly of houses, a village hall and a stately old English church that has become a mecca for rock music fans, paying their respects to beloved 'Bonzo'.

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It's a small village on the edge of Droitwich and closer to where Bonham's bandmate and much-loved friend Robert Plant lives in Shatterford than where Bonzo was born and raised in Redditch.
Village life in Rushock

At the centre is a village hall where it invites the community in for coffee mornings and cheese and wine nights.

There's plenty of community spirit, despite being such a small place.

Only six properties have been sold in the past five years and if you wanted to live here, prices range from £260,000 to £350,000.

That's for a mix of homes from a terraced property to semi-detached and detached cottages in this lesser known leafy enclave.

But there are larger properties of farmhouses and historic old courts that haven't come up on the market for a while.
St Michael and All Angels Church

Next to the Village Hall is St Michael and All Angels Church, where the ashes of much-loved Bonham were interred on 12 October 1980.

The rock world was left reeling when he died far too young at the age of just 32 and led to the band splitting up.

It's a lovely-looking old English church with a kissing gate. Used to the attention, the church welcomes in visitors with a sign saying how much they'd "love you to come in", leaving the door open through the day.

A map on the wall has pins showing visitors from far and wide - across Asia, the Americas and Australia - to reach this pretty hillside spot.

There's also a message book to sign including how far you have travelled. Words of adoration for Bonzo include comments from a Croatian who had travelled to see the memorial site from Zagreb saying 'Bonzo changed my life, God bless him'.

An Australian adds that Bonham was 'her husband's inspiration', while among the many RIP notes is a poignant 'We never forget you', something obviously felt by many journeying to this spot.
John Bonham's grave

It is round the far side of the small churchyard where music lovers find John Bonham's grave.

It's easy to spot as it is surrounded by dozens of drumsticks, tiny miniature drum kits and even toy sports cars resting on the top of the headstone.

There's a peaceful silence here too with just the sound of the wind and your thoughts as you look down at the memorial stone.

The graveyard is pristine and looked after carefully by the church and villagers. Although Bonzo's memorial stone is now weathered with the writing starting to disappear, it has been kept impressively clean from the elements.

Despite the frequent trickle of many visitors, there isn't a pub or shop in this tiny village, but there is a Queen's jubilee bench to sit and reflect.

Country walks start from near the church that take walkers at the side of the many farmer's fields in this area.

Rushock couldn't be more different from the hive of activity that Bonham was used to during his life and music career.

This discreet place may not have any shops, busy public transport links or bars with rock music, but it has become a haven and protector of the final resting place for one of the country rock legends.

 

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/hidden-serene-village-near-kidderminster-23074318

 

 

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On 2/15/2023 at 1:27 PM, SuperDave said:

Awesome post and love all of the photos. Bonzo's headstone could use a revival as quite worn.

The headstone seems to have been designed with the eventual addition of his widow's details in due course, as is quite common. That may be when the stone is either refurbished or replaced.

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7 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

The headstone seems to have been designed with the eventual addition of his widow's details in due course, as is quite common. That may be when the stone is either refurbished or replaced.

Got it. Thanks for the great info as always Steve.

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