Hook End Manor - South Oxfordshire

Hook End Manor – South Oxfordshire

Hook End Manor – South Oxfordshire

  Previously owned by Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour, Hook End Manor in South Oxfordshire went on to house a world-famous studio used by the likes of Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and The Kaiser Chiefs – before falling into ruin.

The original studio, Space Studios was built by Alvin Lee of the band Ten Years After when he first bought the house. Many recordings were made during Lee’s tenure including On the Road to Freedom and Rocket Fuel before he sold the house and studio to David Gilmour of the band Pink Floyd, who used the studio to record parts of the band’s 1983 album The Final Cut. The band’s inflatable pig, first used to promote their Animals album six years earlier, was stored in one of the outbuildings. Gilmour sold the house and studio to Trevor Horn who turned it into Sarm West. The studio is now owned by Mark White.

Several major rock bands have recorded albums at the studios. These include Manic Street Preachers’ Gold Against the Soul, The Cure’s Disintegration and Mixed Up, and Marillion’s Seasons End and Holidays in Eden.

Dave Gilmour sold the house and studios to Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley in 1986, who in turn then sold it to Trevor Horn a number of years later. In February 2017, the house, though still furnished, was reported to be abandoned. October 2017 – The house is currently getting stripped. a few cars and a skip have been spotted outside with power being restored back to the main house.