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Tuesday29 July 2014

Lennon and McCartney's childhood homes listed

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Harrison and Starr houses turned down by heritage minister

The childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in Liverpool have been given grade II listing by heritage minister John Penrose.

The buildings are a 1930s semi-detached home called Mendips where Lennon lived for 17 years, and a nearby terraced house in Forthlin Road where McCartney lived for nine years. Both were recommended for listing by English Heritage.

“These houses, unremarkable from the outside, have been painstakingly preserved and restored so that visitors today can get a real sense of how life must have been for the group as they were starting up,” Mr Penrose said. “They certainly merit the extra protection from demolition and development that listing provides and will, I hope, continue to be places of pilgrimage for Beatles fans young and old for many years to come.”

Applications to list the houses where George Harrison and Ringo Starr grew up were turned down on the grounds they had been altered and modernised, and had little association with the group’s early development.

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