The Beatles were all born in Liverpool and have not only left behind a huge legacy, but some of the childhood homes where they grew up. John Lennon’s mother accepted an offer from her sister to raise John after his relationship with his mother’s lover had become too strained for the two to coexist, especially as John’s mother was expecting a child by her lover.
John’s Aunt Mimi and her husband George lived in this house, Mendips in Menlove Avenue, a wide tree-lined street. No.251 was named “Mendips” after the hills in Somerset that lie south of Bristol and Bath. It was the most middle-class of all the Beatles’ childhood homes.
Paul McCartney’s family moved to Forthlin Road in 1955; it’s less than a mile from Mendips where John Lennon lived. Paul’s mother, Mary, died of breast cancer less than a year after the move to Forthlin Road.
George Harrison’s house, the one he was born in, is the lightest orange house three from the left. 12 Arnold Grove is in the Wavertree area. George’s parents, Harold and Louise, moved to the house in 1930 following their marriage. It was here their four children were born – Louise (1931), Harry (1934), Peter (1940), and George (1943).
9 Madryn Street, in the Dingle area of Liverpool, the house where Ringo was born, was due to be bulldozed as part of a multimillion-pound regeneration scheme. But the housing minister has asked Liverpool city council to postpone the demolition of the house to allow more time for alternative plans to be considered. There is only one house left in this street with people living in it.
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