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Manor Once Belonging to Jimmy Page and Aleister Crowley Goes Up in Flames


The historic manor once owned by Jimmy Page and occultist Aleister Crowley has been destroyed in a fire.

Page purchased the home in the Scottish Highlands near Loch Ness in 1970. At the time, the Led Zeppelin guitarist said he hoped to use the renovated manor, which was called Boleskine House, as a songwriting base. Page’s fantasy sequence in the band’s 1976 concert film The Song Remains the Same took place directly behind the manor. He spent little time there, and ended up selling it in 1992.

Firefighters were still battling the blaze this afternoon, according to the Mirror. As much as 60 percent of the home had already been destroyed by flames so intense that emergency personnel were initially unable to get inside to search for victims. They later confirmed that no one was inside.

Since Page sold Boleskine House, it has been used as both a private residence and a guest house, the Mirror reports. Previous owner Crowley, who died at age 73 in 1947, was an infamous Satanist, magician and mystic who long intrigued Page. The guitarist was said to have a sweeping collection of Crowley-related memorabilia, and even owned an occult-focused bookshop called Equinox, named after one of Crowley’s publications.

Still, Page has taken pains to put this fascination in perspective. “It’s taken out of all proportion. There was a balance to it. I wouldn’t be here now if there hadn’t been,” he told Rolling Stone in 2012. “The essence of this is I read a [1951] book called The Great Beast: The Life of Aleister Crowley by John Symonds. I could have been 14, 15. It was intended as a defamatory book, but there was a bibliography, and I was curious enough to read some of the books Crowley had written. It wasn’t the only thing that I was tracking down as source material.”

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