10 Admiral Grove

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10 Admiral Grove
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General information
Type Terraced house
Architectural style Victorian
Location Liverpool, UK
Coordinates 53°23′21″N 2°57′41″W / 53.38904°N 2.961278°W / 53.38904; -2.961278Coordinates: 53°23′21″N 2°57′41″W / 53.38904°N 2.961278°W / 53.38904; -2.961278
Construction started 1920s

10 Admiral Grove, a property in Dingle, Liverpool, England, is the house in which Ringo Starr lived for twenty years before he rose to fame with the Beatles.

Starr's infant school, St Silas Primary School, on Pengwern Street, was yards away from his front door. He was a sickly child and due to his many absences from school, was taught to read and write at home. A severe bout of peritonitis led him to spend much of his seventh year at the Royal Children’s Hospital. When Starr was 13 his mother Elsie married a Londoner, Harry Graves. The Starkey’s local pub, The Empress, where Elsie was a barmaid, adjoins Admiral Grove. The pub was immortalised in 1970 by being featured on the front cover of Starr's first solo album Sentimental Journey.[1] During "Beatlemania", the documentary, The Mersey Sound, filmed by BBC producer Don Haworth, showed Starr being mobbed by fans on Admiral Grove as he made his way to George Harrison's open-top sports car.

Birthplace in Madryn Street[edit]

On 7 July 1940, Starr (then known as Richard Starkey) was born at 9 Madryn Street in the Liverpool neighbourhood known as the Dingle. The neighbourhood was damaged by German bombing during World War II. His father, also Richard, and mother Elsie Starkey, rented a house at 9 Madryn Street for 10 shillings (£0.50) a week. His parents separated when Starr was three years old, and Elsie and her son moved to the smaller, less expensive two up, two down house at 10 Admiral Grove, which remained Starr's home until 1963 when he became famous.[2]

In 2010, it was announced that Starr's Madryn Street birthplace was to be demolished.[3] Local groups called for its preservation, and the city had to board up the house due to relic hunters stealing bricks. An online petition demanding that the house be preserved by the National Trust collected nearly 4000 signatures.[4] In 2012 Housing Minister Grant Shapps confirmed that the house would be saved from demolition.[5] In January 2013 it was announced that local residents had backed a development plan that would include restoration of 9 Madryn Street.[6] However, the Department for Communities and Local Government announced in September 2013 that it would hold a public inquiry into the plans.[7]

In The Beatles Anthology, Starr is quoted, "I don’t remember the inside of our house in Madryn Street". However, he does remember his grandparents' house, which was also in Madryn Street.[8]

Legacy[edit]

Elsie and Harry were persuaded to leave Admiral Grove for a house Starr had bought them in the Gateacre neighbourhood of Liverpool. Starr would pay homage to both his Madryn Street and Admiral Grove addresses in his 2008 song "Liverpool 8".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ingham, Chris (2003) The Rough Guide to the Beatles, Rough Guides. ISBN 1-84353-140-2
  2. ^ Parsons, Donna S (5 December 2010) "Walking in the Beatles' footsteps". The Des Moines Register.
  3. ^ "Tear it down or let it be? Plan to demolish Ringo's humble home sparks row with Beatles fans". Daily Mail. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Save 9 Madryn Street, Birthplace of Ringo Starr". Petition Online. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Ringo Starr's birthplace on Madryn Street, Liverpool, saved". BBC News. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Residents back plans for Liverpool's Welsh Streets". BBC News. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Apps, Pete (25 September 2013). "Pickles slammed for calling in demolition plan". Inside Housing. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ The Beatles (2008): The Beatles Anthology, Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-2684-8