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John Lennon's Liverpool
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Liverpool is a truly beautiful city full of stunning architecture, including famous locations such as the 'three graces' of Liverpool's waterfront: the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building. Liverpool also has two spectacular Cathedrals which tower the skyline. John Lennon was born in Liverpool and spent more than half of his life in the famous city.

I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madolf Heatlump (who only had one). Anyway they didn't get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypol. And still didn't pass - much to my Aunties supplies. As a member of the most publified Beatles my (P, G, and R's) records might seem funnier to some of you than this book, but as far as I'm conceived this correction of short writty is the most wonderfoul larf I've every ready.
God help and breed you all.

(From John Lennon's book, In His Own Write)


John Lennon in Chester, England
Chester is an English medieval city close to Liverpool, which John Lennon used to enjoy visting when he was a child.

Julia Baird - John Lennon's sister
'During childhood, John and I used to spend a lot of time in Chester. We used to come to Chester on the train from Liverpool as we always knew that Chester was the best place for clothes shopping. We used to go for lunch at 'Browns' and walk down by the river. Chester has always been in the family.'

Tour Features include:
Where John Lennon got the inspiration for the song 'Nowhere Man',
Where John Lennon's grandmother Annie Jane Milward was born,
Where the Beatles played some of their earliest shows,
and where John Lennon spent his wedding night.

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Including the sights of Historic Chester...
Chester Cathedral, Roman Walls, Amphitheater, River Dee and much more!


John Lennon Tribute Season

John Lennon Peace Monument
The John Lennon Peace Monument
The John Lennon Peace Monument was unveiled by Julian Lennon and his mother Cynthia Lennon in Liverpool on John Lennon's 70th birthday (9th October 2010). The monument, entitled Peace & Harmony will become a popular focal point for visitors to Liverpool looking to celebrate John Lennon's life and message of peace through his wonderful music.

John Lennon's face in Liverpool
John Lennon Albert Dock
This is John Lennon's face projected onto a building at Liverpool's famous Albert Dock. It was shown every night during the John Lennon tribute season (2010). The image is from a photograph of Lennon taken by Bill Zygmant. I took this photograph on October 9th 2010, the first night that John was illuminated in Liverpool.


John Lennon's Liverpool

THERE ARE PLACES I REMEMBER, ALL MY LIFE, THOUGH SOME HAVE CHANGED,
SOME FOREVER NOT FOR BETTER, SOME HAVE GONE AND SOME REMAIN.

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Strawberry Field
Strawberry Field (Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool. L25) was the name of a Salvation Army Children's Home just around the corner from John Lennon's house in Menlove Avenue, Liverpool. John used to play in the trees behind the gates and enjoyed going to the annual fete with his Aunt Mimi. One of Lennon's childhood treats was the garden party that took place each summer in the grounds of Strawberry Field. Lennon's Aunt Mimi recalled: 'As soon as we could hear The Salvation Army band starting, John would jump up and down shouting, 'Mimi, come on. We're going to be late.''

You know I know when it's a dream... Strawberry Field, Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool. L25
Original photograph of Strawberry Field (Salvation Army Children's Home)

When he wrote 'Strawberry Fields Forever', John Lennon was inspired by his childhood memories. The words 'nothing to get hung about' were inspired by Aunt Mimi's strict order not to play in the grounds of Strawberry Field, to which John would reply, 'They can't hang you for it.' In 1980, John Lennon talked about the creation of the song, 'I was different all my life. The second verse goes, 'No one I think is in my tree.' Well, I was too shy and self-doubting. Nobody seems to be as hip as me is what I was saying. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius, 'I mean it must be high or low'.' Read more

Let me take you down... The famous red Strawberry Field gates
Strawberry Field Gates

Close up picture of the gates at Strawberry Field
Close up photograph of freshly painted gates at Strawberry Field


Penny Lane
Penny Lane (Liverpool. L18) is a street in Liverpool. Locally the name 'Penny Lane' is given to Allerton Road and Smithdown Road and its busy shopping area. John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up in the area and they would meet at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the centre of the city. The fire station, the bank, the barbers shop and the 'shelter in the middle of a roundabout' are all in the area at the end of Penny Lane.

The Beatles song 'Penny Lane' was released in February 1967 as a double A-sided single, along with Strawberry Fields Forever. The lyrics 'Four of fish and finger pies' are British slang. 'A four of fish' means fourpennyworth of fish and chips, while 'finger pie' is sexual slang, referring to intimate fondlings between teenagers in the shelter

There beneath the blue suburban skies... Penny Lane, Liverpool. L18
Penny Lane sign

When John Lennon started writing 'In My Life', the original lyrics of the song mentioned a long list of Liverpool landmarks, including Penny Lane, "Penny Lane is one I'm missing, up Church Road to the clock tower, in the circle of the abbey, I have seen some happy hours. Past the tram sheds with no trams, on the 5 bus into town, past the Dutch and St Columbus, to the Dockers Umbrella that they pulled down."


John Lennon's Birthplace
John Winston Lennon was born on 9 October 1940, in the former Maternity Hospital on Oxford Street, Liverpool, to Julia Lennon (nee Stanley) and Alfred 'Freddie' Lennon, during the course of a German air raid in World War II. He was named after his paternal grandfather, John 'Jack' Lennon, and Winston Churchill (the British Prime Minister at that time).

John Lennon's birthplace. Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool.
This Is Not Here: John Lennon's birthplace. Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool. 6.30pm, 9 October 1940


ALL THESE PLACES HAD THEIR MOMENTS, WITH LOVERS AND FRIENDS I STILL CAN RECALL,
SOME ARE DEAD AND SOME ARE LIVING, IN MY LIFE I'VE LOVED THEM ALL.


Homes and Schools
John Lennon's first home (1940-1945), 9 Newcastle Road, (Off Penny Lane), Liverpool.
John Lennon's first home, 9 Newcastle Road, is in the Liverpool suburb of Allerton, next to Penny Lane. John lived here with his mother Julia Stanley and his father Alfred Lennon from 1940-1945. It is widely believed that John Lennon wrote 'One After 909' (when he was 17) based on the memory of this house.

Mosspits Lane Infants School, Wavertree, Liverpool. L15 Quarry Bank Secondary School, Harthill Road, Allerton, Liverpool. L18 Liverpool College Of Art, Hope Street, Liverpool.

Mosspits Lane Infants School in Wavertree, Liverpool, was John Lennon's first school where he attended from Nov 1945 - May 1946, before moving to Dovedale Road Infants and Junior School which John Lennon and George Harrison both attended, although they did not know each other at this time. At the age of 11 John Lennon went on to Quarry Bank High School and George Harrison to the Liverpool Institute. John Lennon later moved to the Liverpool College Of Art in Hope Street, Liverpool.

Dovedale Road Primary School, Dovedale Road, Liverpool. L18
John Lennon's primary school: Dovedale Road Primary School, Dovedale Road, Liverpool


Menlove Avenue
Menlove Avenue road sign

Mendips (1945-1963)
251 Menlove Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool, (aka 'Mendips'). The house belonged to John's Aunt Mimi and his Uncle George. They took John in 1945 when he was five years old, because his mother could not cope after John's father left them. He remained here until 1963 when he was 23 years old. John Lennon composed many early Beatles songs, like 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why' in the front porch and in his bedroom. In 2002 Yoko Ono bought the semi-detached house and donated it to the National Trust. It was opened to the public on March 27, 2003.

John Lennon standing outside 'Mendips' (1950s)
John Lennon in the 1950's standing at the front gate of his home in Liverpool

251 Menlove Avenue, as it looks today.

English Heritage Plaque outside 'Mendips'.
English Heritage 'Blue Plaque' award: John Lennon - Musician and Songwriter lived here 1945-1963

The Porch where John Lennon would write poetry and songs.
The Porch where John Lennon would write his poetry and songs

The Lounge.John Lennon's Bathroom.John Lennon's Kitchen.

John Lennon's Bedroom. John's Bedroom.
John Lennon's childhood bedroom


BUT OF ALL THESE FRIENDS AND LOVERS, THERE IS NO ONE COMPARES WITH YOU,
AND THESE MEMORIES LOSE THEIR MEANING, WHEN I THINK OF LOVE AS SOMETHING NEW.


Lennon's Eye
Lennon's Eye is John Lennon's mosaic he had designed for his swimming pool, when he lived at his house 'Kenwood' in Weybridge, Surrey, England. (1964-1968).
The mosaic was based on the Eye of Knowledge, or the Middle Eye, which was part of the teachings of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Lennon's Eye
Lennon's Eye on display in Liverpool.


Eleanor Rigby & St. Peter's Church
Eleanor Rigby is a song by The Beatles, originally released on their 1966 album Revolver.

In the 1980s, a grave of an Eleanor Rigby was discovered in the graveyard of St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool, and a few yards away from that, another grave with the name McKenzie was discovered. John Lennon and Paul McCartney spent a lot of time at the church and graveyard when they were young, and the two of them had met there for the very first time during a garden fete in 1957.
Lennon and McCartney never said that the name Eleanor Rigby was inspired from the grave of the same name in Liverpool. Was it just a strange coincidence, or did they actually subconsciously remember the names Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie from their childhood?

St. Peter's Church, Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool.

Eleanor Rigby's gravestone. St. Peter's Church.
Eleanor Rigby's grave

Father? McKenzie's gravestone. St. Peter's Church.
John "Father" McKenzie's grave


The day John Lennon met Paul McCartney
John Lennon's band, the Quarrymen (inspired by the name of John's school - Quarry Bank High), were playing in St. Peter's Church field as part of the annual Woolton Fete on Saturday, 6th July, 1957. In the audience was Paul McCartney, who had come along just to watch the band. Lennon and McCartney later talked to each other about music, before the Quarrymen performed a second show in the Church Hall that evening.

Quarrymen. Saturday, 6th July, 1957. St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool

Paul McCartney recalled: 'There was a guy up on the stage wearing a checked shirt, looking pretty good singing a song I loved, the Del-Vikings' Come Go With Me. He was filling in with blues lines, I thought that was good, and he was singing well.'

John Lennon recalled: 'That was the day, the day I met Paul, that it started moving.' Read The day John met Paul

The Church Hall, Church Road. A plaque marks the spot where Lennon and McCartney first met on Saturday, July 6th, 1957. The plaque marking the spot where Lennon and McCartney first met on Saturday, July 6th, 1957.


Mathew Street
Liverpool's historic Mathew Street is in Liverpool city centre. It is home of The Beatles. The Cavern Club, several Beatles shops, and many Beatles statues are there. The Grapes pub is packed with Beatles memorabilia, and it is here that The Beatles went to have a drink and relax after a show in the Cavern. Lennon's Bar and Rubber Soul nightclub offer Beatles themed entertainment all year long, and just around the corner in Stanley Street, sits, all alone, Eleanor Rigby's statue.

Mathew Street. Birthplace of The Beatles
Mathew Street displaying 'Birthplace of The Beatles' banner.

Beatle Street statue in Mathew Street, Liverpool.
Beatle Street statue by artist Arthur Dooley was erected in 1974.
It is 'Mother Liverpool' cradling The Beatles in Mathew Street.

The Beatles statue. Cavern Walks, Mathew Street.
The Beatles statue in 'Cavern Walks' shopping area on Mathew Street.

Cavern Wall of Fame.
Cavern Wall of Fame: Listing all the artists who have played in the Cavern Club.

Eleanor Rigby plaque: 'Ah, look at all the lonely people'
The Eleanor Rigby statue was sculptured by Tommy Steele in 1982.

All alone: Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool city centre.
She sits all alone in a quiet spot in Liverpool city center with her hand on her handbag, and a little bird eating bread next to her.

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The Cavern
The Cavern Club is a rock 'n' roll underground club at number 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool. The club first opened on January 16, 1957 and The Beatles first played The Cavern on Tuesday 21st February 1961. Brian Epstein was introduced to the Beatles at the club on 9 November 1961. They went on to perform nearly 300 times at the Cavern Club, their final performance was on the 3rd August 1963.
Watch a video of The Beatles live at the Cavern Club

Cavern Club entrance and sign.
Cavern Club entrance

Fans on the stage in the Cavern Club.
Fans on the stage in the Cavern Club


THOUGH I KNOW I'LL NEVER LOSE AFFECTION, FOR PEOPLE AND THINGS THAT WENT BEFORE,
I KNOW I'LL OFTEN STOP AND THINK ABOUT THEM, IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU MORE.


Around Liverpool

John Lennon married Cynthia Powell here. 64 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool.
John Lennon married Cynthia Powell here. 64 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool (23/08/1962)

Magical Mystery Tour Bus.
Magical Mystery Tour Bus

Yellow Submarine at the Albert Dock, Liverpool.
Yellow Submarine at the Albert Dock in Liverpool


IN MY LIFE ... I LOVE YOU MORE.


Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Liverpool 'John Lennon' International Airport.

John Lennon's guitar on display in the Cavern Pub, Mathew Street, Liverpool.
John Lennon's famous guitar on display in the Cavern Pub, Mathew Street, Liverpool


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Mathew Street and Abbey Road
See who's in Mathew Street (Liverpool) and crossing Abbey Road (London)

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