20 Forthlin Road

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20 Forthlin Road
General information
Type Terraced house
Location Allerton, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°22′11″N 2°53′52″W / 53.369667°N 2.897889°W / 53.369667; -2.897889Coordinates: 53°22′11″N 2°53′52″W / 53.369667°N 2.897889°W / 53.369667; -2.897889
Construction started 1920s

20 Forthlin Road is a National Trust property in south Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is the house in which Paul McCartney had lived for several years before he rose to fame with The Beatles. It was also the home of his brother Mike.


The house was built by the local authority and the McCartney family moved into the house in 1955. In 1965, Paul bought his father, James, a house in a wealthy part of Wirral.[1][2] The house has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1995.[3] The Trust markets the house as "the birthplace of the Beatles", since this is the place where The Beatles composed and rehearsed their earliest songs. Unlike Lennon's house, Mendips, 20 Forthlin Road does not have a blue plaque – and is currently ineligible to receive one – English Heritage issue a plaque once the figure has "been dead for 20 years, or [has] passed the centenary of their birth".[4][5]

The house was the birthplace of the group The Scaffold, of which Mike was a member.

It is a Grade II listed building.[6]

Recent years[edit]

The Magical Mystery Tour stops at the house for tourists to view the house from the outside. Visits within the property are run by The National Trust, and start from The Beatles Experience at the Albert Dock.

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  1. ^ "Liverpool: Beatle Homes". Jacobs School of Music. Indiana University. 13 June 2008. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "20 Forthlin Road". InfoBritain. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "20 Forthlin Road". National Trust. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Selection Criteria". Blue Plaques. English Heritage. 2010. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Selection Criteria for Blue Plaques" (PDF). English Heritage. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lennon and McCartney homes given Grade II listed status". BBC News. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 

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