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Lennon and McCartney Liverpool homes awarded Grade II status

by Chris Bradley. Published Wed 29 Feb 2012 14:22, last updated: 29/02/12
John Lennon's childhood home in Mendips
John Lennon's childhood home in Mendips

The Lennon and McCartney bond was formed at two addresses which have now been awarded Grade II status for being places of "intense creativity and musical production".

The childhood homes of the two Beatles have been listed as protected buildings by English Heritage because over 100 early songs were composed and performed there.

Aspiring musician Lennon lived at Mendips, 251 Menlove Avenue in Woolton, Liverpool, with his beloved Aunt Mimi who bought the Elvis-obssessed teen his first guitar.

He was taken into his aunt's care when he was five years-old in 1945 and lived there until he was 22 - at which time The Beatles were becoming a global phenomenon.

Artist Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, said: "Mendips always meant a great deal to John and it was where his childhood dreams came true for himself and for the world.

"I'm delighted to learn that English Heritage have classified Mendips as a Grade II listed building."

The late Beatle composed the 1963 hit 'Please Please Me' at Mendips which is owned along with 20 Forthlin Road by The National Trust.

Paul McCartney lived at the 1920s built terraced house in Allerton from age 13 to 22 with father James and brother Mike, who formed The Scaffolds there too.

His mother Mary died from cancer on 31st October 1956 and she is mentioned in the lyrics of the Beatle ballad 'Let It Be'.

Chief Executive of English Heritage Simon Thurley said: "Listing very often celebrates architectural or aesthetic distinction but in this case it celebrates historical association.

"The Beatles played an incredibly important role in the national cultural story and the houses are a place of intense creativity and musical production.

"These new listings mark the special historical interest of the buildings where hits such as 'Please Please Me' were composed and where the phenomenon that was The Beatles began."

But Blue Badge Tour Guide Phil Coppell has slammed English Heritage for not recognising George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the same way.

"It is an absolute disgrace that English Heritage have failed to recognise the development of the Beatles as a quartet, choosing instead to honour them as a duo.

"They were not the Fab Two and it is terribly sad that George and Ringo are ignored by many outside of the city despite their huge contribution to popular culture.

"English Heritage are totally wrong in their assesment and they should hang their heads in shame - especially as we celebrate 50 years since Love Me Do was released and Ringo became a Beatle."

Other places associated with The Beatles previously selected for listing are the Casbah Club in Liverpool, Abbey Road Studios in London and the famous zebra crossing outside the studios.



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"All 4 Beatles should be recognize.Great site.Here's to the Beatles!!" Jeannie Joseph, Lexington.Massachusetts around 2 years, 7 months ago

"You need to recognize ALL 4 Beatles not just 2. They were a unit and the best unit in the world for bringing us all there musical genius." Bob Jackvony, Cranston,Rhode Island around 2 years, 8 months ago

"Great news. Found the link to this fine article on MusicCollector.dk Hope to visit Liverpool soon as a beatle tourist etc." Nes Soerens, Aarhus, Danmark around 2 years, 8 months ago

"Absolutely disgustingly wrong on every level. Not recognizing George or Ringo. This grading is useless. No George No Ringo No Beatles period" docchalk, Toronto around 2 years, 8 months ago

"Cannot believe George and Ringo are not being recognized AGAIN! It is so stupid and I think John and Paul would agree. Also R.I.P Davy Jones" Charlotte Taylor, Bournemouth around 2 years, 8 months ago

"jolly good" floyd2a, canada around 2 years, 8 months ago

"Great news and long over due,these are of such musical importance to the city and to the world." patrick bourke, Liverpool around 2 years, 8 months ago

 
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