For sale: 1.3 acres of pop music history

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By Western Morning News | Friday, November 16, 2012, 06:30

At first glance it seems like a damp and mouldy old hut – hardly the setting of a landmark love song. But keen students of pop won't be fooled by the debris and decay.

For them, the Silk Mills on the outskirts of Holford in Somerset's Quantock Hills is instantly recognisable as the atmospheric location, bathed in shafts of sunlight, that appeared in the video of Bryan Adams's monster hit (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

Now a wedding favourite, the power ballad that topped the British charts in 1991 for a record-breaking 16 weeks, was the theme for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner.

Now, fans of rock and romance with £60,000 to spare have a chance to buy the hut and surrounding area, a few miles from Kilve beach, near Bridgwater – which also featured. It is being sold by the League Against Cruel Sports, which will retain sporting rights. The deadline for bids is December 7.

Ramshackle remains at the heart of the 1.3-acre site are thought to date from the 18th century when French Protestants began making cloth there. The mill stream is also being flagged up as an opportunity to produce hydroelectric power.

"We have been inundated with inquires," said Richard Stagg from Seddons estate agency in Tiverton, though he believes it's a desire to bring a crumbling heritage back to life, rather than pop culture, that's motivated most interest. "It is an old site in a fantastic location with great potential."

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