LONDON (AP) — The childhood homes of former Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the pair wrote some of their early songs, will be saved.
Lennon’s house in south Liverpool and McCartney’s nearby row home will be granted a Grade 2 listing, which means they cannot be altered without the permission of local officials, said Britain’s Heritage Minister John Penrose.
The decision means the homes of one of Britain’s greatest songwriting teams will be protected for generations to come. Their work has long been associated with the northern port city Liverpool, particularly because of songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever that celebrated their childhood haunts.
Lennon lived at a comfortable 1930s duplex house called Mendips in 251 Menlove Ave. from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt and uncle after his parents separated when he was five.
McCartney lived in nearby Forthlin Road for nine years from 1955. The two musicians held early practice sessions for their first band The Quarrymen while living at these houses, and wrote The Beatles first No. 1 hit, the raucous Please Please Me, at Lennon’s home.