No matter what occurs on the earth, we will all the time distract ourselves by in search of refuge within the Magic Eight-Ball of petty celeb feuds. Who shall be subsequent?! And what is going to show to be the catalyst of such succulent beef?! Well, if we have been to look abroad to the flowery London confines of Holland Park, the solutions can be “Jimmy Page,” “Robbie Williams,” and, um, “grandiose mansion expansions,” respectively. That’s as a result of over the previous 5 years, the Led Zeppelin guitar doyen and the Take That crooner have been engaged in a unending neighbor feud over Williams’s plans to modernize his home, which Page believes will depreciate, and even bodily impair, his historic abode. There have been feisty interviews, council appearances, a peacock invasion … you title it! But what there hasn’t been is any official truce.
While you maybe solely got here throughout the lads’s feud lately resulting from a particularly silly energy transfer by Williams, Vulture determined that it was 100 % in the perfect curiosity of our readers to expound on the whole lot that has gone down between these British icons. What ensues is a timeline that’s much less about rich-people issues and extra about … historic preservation?
Summer 1972: In between recording Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy, Page purchases the Tower House, which was constructed by William Burges as his major residence within the late 19th century. In one more musician showdown, he manages to outbid David Bowie for the digs, with £350,000 proving to be the profitable sale. In an interview a long time later, Page stated the rationale he was so infatuated with the home was resulting from his curiosity within the pre-Raphaelite motion and Burges’s distinctive architectural aesthetic. “I used to be nonetheless discovering issues 20 years after being there — slightly beetle on the wall or one thing like that,” Page advised the BBC. “It’s Burges’s consideration to element that’s so fascinating.” That French Gothic Revival model — hubba-hubba!
December 2013: Williams purchases the historic Woodland House, which is adjoining to Page’s Tower House, as his principal residence to boost his youngsters along with his spouse. (It was additionally constructed within the late 19th century.) He pays £17.5 million for it. We love an excellent English Baroque look.
December 2014: The drama, and the paperwork, formally begins. Williams submits a planning allow to start development on his home, which he believes is critical to create a “modern commonplace of household residing.” This contains roof restore, in depth tweaks to the inner format, and a whole new subterranean flooring. Also, some backyard work.
About a month after Williams’s proposal is submitted, Page sends a letter of criticism to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, believing the severity of the supposed development will injury his home. “I’m extraordinarily involved that this work will trigger vibrations and doable structural injury,” Page wrote, however he’s additionally scorching and bothered in regards to the potential addition of a window: “It seems the proposed new window is at a top that may overlook the aspect of my home in addition to the backyard on the rear of my property, thus having a big impression on the amenity of the home and its backyard.” As somebody who prides himself in preserving the home’s historic structure for over 40 years, Page provides, “I’m now confronted with having to battle a brand new menace to this valuable and distinctive constructing.”
March 2015: Page seemingly secures an early victory: Williams withdraws each single certainly one of his renovation plans.
April 2015: Psych! Williams is again with some plans, child, and so they’re new and improved. The formidable basement extension has been changed with mostly inner restructuring, similar to flattening partitions and decreasing just a few flooring to create an open-plan format. He additionally needs to demolish the storage and construct a brand new one from scratch. Despite this retreat in plans, Page continues to be wholly unamused and fires some poetic ammo but once more. He submits one other letter to the borough planning chiefs that urges them to refuse Williams’s proposal, as soon as once more citing the structural injury his home may face on account of the development. He additionally lays this burn on the supposed storage design: “Extremely unlucky in architectural phrases.”
July 2015: It’s a win for Williams. The borough planning chiefs formally rule that his present renovation plans pose “no hurt to Tower House.”
October 2015: Taking the summer time to fume and plan his revenge, Page strikes. Hiring an architectural agency to investigate and report back to the borough if Williams is finishing up unauthorized development work, it seems, he certainly is. The Construction Traffic Management Plan for Williams’s home will get rejected resulting from failure to make sure the “safeguard [and] residing situations of occupiers of surrounding properties,” however builders are nonetheless seen working, which ends up in the borough shutting down development. However, just a few weeks later, development is cleared to start as soon as once more.
February 2016: Page will get a key ally. A widow who beforehand lived in Williams’s home for many years, Geraldine Winner, is enraged on the plans to chop down bushes within the yard and rip out practically all of the vegetation and flora. (Now might be an excellent time to say that the earlier proprietor, director Michael Winner, died in the home in early 2013.) “Michael planted them once they have been only a foot excessive. He cherished his backyard, and did plenty of work in it,” she tells the Daily Mail. In his proposal, Williams beforehand described the backyard with disdain, saying it didn’t match the “British woodland” vibe he wished to domesticate. Months later, Page will get much more allies because of his neighbors, who do various interviews with the Daily Mail to additionally categorical their annoyance on the development.
September 2016: In his first interview about their ongoing feud, Williams believes he’s the victor and finds the entire ordeal amusing. “I gained. Did we win? I don’t know if there are any winners, essentially. I do understand it makes a terrific story and I’m actually happy, only for me in basic for the remainder of my life. I’m actually happy it’s Jimmy Page and never Jimmy the accountant,” he told The Sun. “But it’s a terrific story, for you guys and for me, so everyone wins. Apart from us as a household, who would have favored to have been in 12 months in the past however we will’t.”
October 2016: Williams and his household transfer into the home, practically three years after buying it.
Mid-November 2016: Williams expounds on his beef with Page in an interview with an Italian radio station, and his phrases get a lot sharper — principally as a result of he was unaware he was nonetheless being recorded after chopping to a business break. Likening Page to a person with “psychological sickness,” Williams believes he’s a “bored” musician who has nothing higher to do than spy on the development. “Jimmy has been sitting in his automotive outdoors our home with the home windows down, 4 hours at a time with a recording gear,” he alleged. “He’s recording the workmen to see in the event that they’re making an excessive amount of noise. And additionally two weeks in the past, the builders got here in and he was asleep in his backyard, ready.”
To add insult to damage, Geraldine Winner releases a Twitter statement to specific admiration for the renovations. In a separate interview with Radio Times just a few weeks later, Williams additionally declares Page as “greater than a tit.”
Late November 2016: In the midst of the feud, Williams’s spouse, Ayda Field, hires a Native American healer to cleanse their mansion of any non secular hint of Michael Winner, as a result of she feels he’s “watching over” her. “I’m going to have it blessed, saged, the entire L.A. factor,” she said on the U.Ok. speak present Loose Women. “I’m type of involved.”
April 2017: Williams submits a brand new proposal to construct a big shed on stilts in his yard, which is described as a “leisure house” for his household. Surprisingly, Page doesn’t object to this proposal, and constructing commences on it just a few months later.
May 2017: What Page does object to, although, are loud sounds, and he lodges a noise complaint towards Williams’s development firm for dismantling a shed on a Sunday. The borough’s findings verify that the corporate was certainly utilizing illicit energy instruments on a day when strict noise limits have been in place, and the corporate is subsequently fined £three,000.
June 2017: Williams walks again the assertion that Page was spying on him and his home, and points a proper apology for his feedback. “Jimmy Page has defined to me that sure particular factual assertions which I made have been in reality not true and I’m pleased to just accept what Jimmy Page says,” he said, partially. “I perceive why Jimmy Page could have discovered my feedback offensive and I apologize for any harm that they’ve brought about him and his household consequently.”
February 2018: After having fun with a interval of peace, Williams revives his most daring development concept but: constructing a subterranean flooring, full with a pool, health club, and bathe alcove. Page goes berserk in a letter of criticism to the borough planning chiefs and requests the rapid refusal of those “catastrophic” plans. “I’m now persevering with the battle towards a brand new menace to this valuable and distinctive constructing,” Page writes, amongst pages and pages of rebuttals. His largest concern, as has been prior to now, is the “alarming degree of vibration” the development will carry to his historic home. This time, Williams decides to battle again … with analysis. He hires a property advisor agency to fact-check and handle every of Page’s assertions within the letter, with the agency deeming the vast majority of his considerations to be with out advantage. In reality, utilizing colourful flourish, Page’s home is deemed a “fortress” that might survive a “Second World War bombing.”
April 2018: Williams and Page’s backyards and vehicles are for some cause being overrun by an escaped gang of peacocks. We’re not kidding.
May 2018: Ahead of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s official ruling on Williams’s basement, Page begins a press blitz to make folks conscious of the extent of his ardour and dedication to preserving Tower House — and particularly needs it recognized that he isn’t going to cede simply because a superrich crooner has the cash to spend. He even seems in particular person on the planning and purposes assembly later within the month to plead his case. “Tower House is a singular constructing,” he explains to the council. “You do must see it to completely perceive why I’m right here right now as custodian of this glorious, delicate, heritage constructing, and treasure.”
June–September 2018: Page’s press blitz continues with numerous interviews as he awaits the council’s verdict, and he invitations three retailers into his house to point out off its historic magnificence. One of those interviews, with ITV News, generates headlines when Page insults the “idiotic” and “tasteless” Williams.
December 2018: Judgment day lastly arrives, and Page’s worst fears come true: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea grant permission for Williams to construct his dream basement, on the situation he can present proof the development’s vibration ranges won’t ever exceed a sure degree. The chair of the committee additionally expresses hope that their saga will simply go away, likening the lads’s feud to Brexit.
January 2019: An nameless neighbor of Page and Williams sends a letter to the borough planning chiefs, saying Williams is incessantly partaking in petty tomfoolery within the aftermath of his victory. “The committee might not have been conscious that Robbie Williams has been enjoying loud 70’s rock music on outdoors audio system when he views Jimmy Page outdoors his house,” the neighbor writes, mentioning rival bands Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple because the favored tunage. Williams additionally apparently enjoys dressing up as fellow Led Zeppelin-er Robert Plant — lengthy wig, full abdomen, and so forth. — when he leaves his home, with the only real goal of pissing off Page.