3. The “Fab Four” Beatles Statue (above) at Pier Head (which forms part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site), stands between the city’s “Three Graces”, comprised of the historic Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building. Apart from being arranged in the order that they most often appeared on stage, if you look closely, you’ll also notice some important details as they relate to each of their personal histories. From left to right:
- Paul McCartney is shown carrying a camera, in remembrance to his late first wife, Linda Eastman, who was a celebrity photographer. Also, only his left hand is visible, being that he is left-handed.
- George Harrison has a Sanskrit mantra carved on the belt of his coat, in reference to his interest in Indian spirituality.
- Ringo Starr has the number “8” printed on the sole of his boot as a nod to his childhood postal code in Liverpool (‘L8’).
- John Lennon is holding two acorns in his cupped hand. In June of 1968, he and Yoko Ono planted two acorns in the garden of England’s Coventry Cathedral, representing their wish for world peace. Later, after marrying in 1969, they sent pairs of acorns to world leaders asking that these “living sculptures” be planted as symbols of peace. They may also refer to the line “50 acorns tied in a sack” from The Beatles’ song “The Ballad of John and Yoko”.
4. 251 Menlove Avenue (below) – the childhood home of John Lennon, also nicknamed “Mendips” after the Mendip Hills. Today, as a Grade II listed building, it is preserved by the National Trust, as is the childhood home of Paul McCartney at 20 Forthlin Road. Initially, however, the National Trust showed no interest in acquiring the property, claiming that, unlike McCartney’s home, no Beatles songs had been written there. McCartney recalls, however, that at least one song, “I’ll Get You”, was written there. On December 7, 2000, the day before the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, the property was adorned with an English Heritage blue plaque, carrying the text “JOHN LENNON 1940–1980 Musician and Songwriter lived here 1945–1963“.
Built in 1933, the property had belonged to Lennon’s aunt Mimi and uncle George. At his mother’s insistence, John moved here at the age of five, which is where he remained until mid-1963, when he was 22 years old. It was also just up the street from this house that Lennon’s mother Julia was struck and killed by a car in July 1958.
During the filming of the American TV film In His Life: The John Lennon Story, the property owner allowed the film crew to knock down a downstairs wall in order to make room for their cameras. The resulting 150 bricks which were removed were later sold to Beatles fans.
In March 2002, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono purchased the house and donated it to the National Trust to save it from further demolition and property speculation and “to preserve it for the people of Liverpool and John Lennon and Beatles fans all over the world.” The following year, after being restored to its 1950s appearance, it was then announced that the house would be opened to the public.
- Visited: Oct 2017
- National Trust: 2012 (251 Menlove Ave.)