Rockfield (Welsh: Llanoronwy) is a village in Monmouthshire, south east Wales, United Kingdom.
Rockfield is located two miles north west of Monmouth on the B4233 road.
History & Amenities
Rockfield Studios is situated near the village. The village church is dedicated to an early Welsh saint, St. Cenedlon. The war memorial stands on the village green.
Rockfield Studios, near Monmouth in South Wales and just outside the village of Rockfield, are where many of British rock music’s most successful recordings have been made.
The studios were founded by brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward in the early 1960s, by converting an existing farmhouse. In 1965, they became the world's first-ever residential studio, set up so that bands could come and stay in the peaceful rural surroundings to record. They have two studios, the Coach House and the Quadrangle.
The first big hit recorded in the studios was Dave Edmunds’ I Hear You Knockin' in 1970. Following that success, the studios were used to record Peter Hammill's second solo album Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night in 1973 and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975.
During a 12-month period in 1996-97, Rockfield sessions resulted in five UK Number One albums, by Oasis, Ash, Black Grape, The Charlatans and the Boo Radleys. Other acts using the studios have included Robert Plant, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Echo & the Bunnymen, Motörhead, Rush, Hawkwind, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop, The Pogues, Paul Weller, Simple Minds, Manic Street Preachers, Sepultura, Kasabian, and New Order.
The rehearsal facility of Rockfield Studios, the Old Mill House, was situated approximately half-a-mile down Rockfield Road. It became an independent residential recording studio in the 1980s under the name of Monnow Valley Studio. The famous cartwheel doors of the live room appeared on the cover of Oasis' first single, Supersonic. Tales of Black Sabbath's stay at the facility feature in Jeff Collins' book Rock Legends At Rockfield.