Inside Rutland’s most rock and roll retreat
The Who, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton all jammed at this rural hideaway, reports Liz Rowlinson
It will be hard to find another home in the small county of Rutland with such rock and roll pedigree as Fort Henry House. Owned by Bob Pridden, The Who’s principal sound engineer for 50 years, it’s been the scene of some pretty offthe-wall jamming sessions including one in 1976 when the Rolling Stones joined The Who and Eric Clapton in the sitting room.
The Who, one of the most successful rock bands of all time, with hits such as I Can’t Explain, My Generation and Pinball Wizard, are midway through a US and European tour celebrating 50 years together.
“The boys became part of the family, and loved coming here because it was so removed from everything else,” says Pridden, who grew up in west London, not far from the other band members, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Pridden, who’s just about to celebrate turning