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Coordinates: 51°20′49″N 1°24′40″W / 51.347°N 1.411°W / 51.347; -1.411

Stargroves is a manor house and associated estate at East Woodhay in the English county of Hampshire. It is best known for being the home of Mick Jagger during the 1970s and a recording venue for The Rolling Stones and various other rock bands.


The Goddard family owned the estate from 1565 until about 1830. Oliver Cromwell stopped at Stargroves after the second battle of Newbury (27 October 1644), and was entertained by the then owner, John Goddard; the basin or china bowl in which his breakfast (toast and ale) was served is in the custody of the rector besides some letters referring to the incident. Edward Goddard owned the estate from 1778-1788. It was also owned by Capt. Sir F. H. W. Carden.[1]

Rolling Stones[edit]

Mick Jagger purchased the estate in 1970 for £55,000, from Sir Henry Carden.[2]

The Rolling Stones recorded there before their move to France in spring 1971. These recordings were laid down via a Mobile Recording Studio control room located in a custom-built truck known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The band recorded a number of albums and singles at Stargroves including various tracks which appeared on Exile On Main Street, Sticky Fingers and It's Only Rock 'n Roll.[citation needed]

Other bands also recorded at Stargroves using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The Who recorded a number of songs there including "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Pure and Easy" in 1971. In 1972, Led Zeppelin recorded some songs there, which later appeared on the albums Houses of the Holy (1973), Physical Graffiti (1975) and one song of Coda (1982). Other artists who have recorded in the Rolling Stones' studio are Deep Purple, Status Quo, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Horslips, Santana and Iron Maiden.[citation needed]

In the 1970s, Sir Mark Palmer and his band of wealthy New Age travellers and their horse-drawn caravans spent much time at Stargroves.[2]

The exterior of the house and its grounds were also extensively used for filming the Doctor Who stories Pyramids of Mars (1975) and Image of the Fendahl (1977). Both stories featured the Fourth Doctor.[3][4]

In 1998 Rod Stewart bought Stargroves for £2.5 million from Frank Williams. However, having just broken-up with Rachel Hunter, Stewart never lived there, at the same time as his settlement for his divorce from Hunter.[citation needed]


  1. ^ 'Parishes: East Woodhay', A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 305–307. URL: Date accessed: 12 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Christopher Sandford (26 April 2012). The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years. Simon and Schuster. pp. 189–. ISBN 978-0-85720-104-1. 
  3. ^ "Pyramids of Mars". A Brief History of Time (Travel). Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Image of the Fendahl". A Brief History of Time (Travel). Retrieved 26 March 2013.