According to the Associated Press, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the legendary Beatles songwriting duo, will be preserved. Both Liverpool houses have been granted a Grade 2 listing, meaning they cannot be altered without the consent of local officials, hopefully protecting the homes for generations to come.
John Lennon’s home was a “comfortable 1930’s duplex house called ‘Mendips’ in 251 Menlove Ave” and McCartney lived in nearby Forthlin Rd. McCartney and Lennon held early practice sessions with their pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen in both houses and wrote their first number one hit, “Please Please Me” in Lennon’s home.
The songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are heavily associated with their hometown, the north England port city of Liverpool. Tracks such as “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” celebrated city landmarks that Lennon and McCartney often frequented as children.
Emily Gee of the organization English Heritage says the homes have been preserved because “they were scenes of huge amounts of rehearsal, of composition, of songs, really intense creative hubs.”
The childhood homes of Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr will not be preserved.