Ringo's childhood home under threat of demolition

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Ringo's childhood home under threat of demolition

Postby Bluebird » Thu Apr 08, 2004 6:30 am

FEARS are growing that the birthplace and childhood home of Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr could be demolished.

The terrace house at 9 Madryn Street, Dingle (pictured), could face the wrecker's ball under plans to revitalise the area.

Liverpool council is looking at the condition of properties on Madryn Street, among others, to decide whether to declare it a renewal area.

A decision on whether the homes will be left as they are, refurbished or demolished is expected at the end of the summer.

But families living alongside the famous home say they want the street spruced up, not torn down.

Dorothy Power, who has lived on Madryn Street for 36 years, said: "People are proud to have that house here. It certainly brings people into the area. There is nothing wrong with these houses, we want them saved or refurbished."

Joan Howey, a resident for 35 years, said: "That house should be saved. You see people taking pictures outside number nine. I think they should do them up a bit instead."

The two-bedroomed house, which Ringo lived in until he was five, is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Beatles fans.

The property was left empty for years. It fell into disrepair and it was sold off for £13,250 at an auction.

It has since been given a facelift, and is now occupied.

It is a different story at the former homes of Lennon and McCartney.

Sir Paul's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton was acquired by the National Trust and had £47,000 lavished on it.

John Lennon 's former home at Menlove Avenue, Wool-ton, has also been restored to its original condition by the heritage charity.

Experts stripped away layers of wallpaper and paint to find out how the house would have looked when John lived there with his Aunt Mimi.

Ringo's old house is not likely to be granted similar protection.

A spokeswoman for the National Trust said: "In an ideal world it would be great to have the house as a National Trust property but buying it is not something we would consider."

However, Julie Wale, of the Liverpool council neighbourhood management team, said fears that the house could be flattened may be unfounded.

She added: "There is a neighbourhood renewal assessment going on. We will assess the condition of properties to decide if we do nothing, refurbish, demolish or part demolish."
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Postby Bluebird » Sun Apr 25, 2004 11:23 am

:roll: Okay, nobodu interrested in that. sorry folks :oops:
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Postby Mike » Sun Apr 25, 2004 11:30 am

He only lived there til he was five, he wasn't a Beatle at five was he :)

Paul and John homes, well those are different for the simple fact that Beatle songs were written there, plus the fact they lived there as teens makes a difference.

I doubt Ringo even remembers that house.
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Postby Bluebird » Sun Apr 25, 2004 11:46 am

Oh I thought there was some special with that home :wink:
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Postby Maestri09 » Sun Apr 25, 2004 12:13 pm

I think it depends on the actual property owners (i hope). I'm sure they don't want their house demolished. They'll probably have to pay higher taxes once their houses/neighbourhood is renovated anyway.
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Postby theDingle » Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:20 pm

theDingle says "Preserve the house in the Dingle!!!!" :evil:
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Postby Bluebird » Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:59 pm

Maestri09 wrote:I think it depends on the actual property owners (i hope). I'm sure they don't want their house demolished. They'll probably have to pay higher taxes once their houses/neighbourhood is renovated anyway.
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