251 Menlove Avenue
|Mendips, Menlove Avenue|
|Location||Woolton, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom|
|Address||251 Menlove Avenue,
251 Menlove Avenue, named Mendips, is the childhood home of John Lennon, singer and songwriter with the Beatles. The 1930s semi-detached property, which belonged to Lennon's Aunt Mimi and her husband George Smith, is in Woolton, South Liverpool, England. The Grade II listed building is preserved by the National Trust.
Lennon lived at Mendips from the age of five, after his mother, who was living with her boyfriend, was persuaded that it would be better for his Aunt Mimi and George to take care of him. He remained at Mendips until mid-1963 when he was 22 years old.
National Trust acquisition
Despite having purchased the childhood residence of Paul McCartney, the National Trust showed no interest in acquiring the property on Menlove Avenue, claiming that, unlike McCartney's home, no Beatles' songs had been composed at Mendips. However McCartney recalls at least one song, I'll Get You, being written there.
The property was eventually bought by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, who then donated it to the National Trust. She said, "When John's house came up for sale I wanted to preserve it for the people of Liverpool and John Lennon and Beatles' fans all over the world."
After restoration work by the National Trust to return it to a 1950s style, it was opened to the public on 27 March 2003.
In pop culture
- The house was featured on the sleeve cover for Oasis' single "Live Forever".
- Menlove Ave. is a John Lennon album, posthumously released in 1986 under the supervision of Yoko Ono.
- 9 Newcastle Road: John Lennon's first childhood home
- 20 Forthlin Road: A childhood home of Beatle Paul McCartney, another National Trust property.
- 12 Arnold Grove: Childhood home of Beatle George Harrison.
- 10 Admiral Grove: Ringo Starr's childhood home.
- The Beatles' Childhood Homes - National Trust, includes Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road
- Inside 251 Menlove Avenue – BBC
- The many childhood homes of The Beatles
- "BBC News - Lennon and McCartney homes given Grade II listed status". bbc.co.uk. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- Harry, Bill (1992). The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia. London: Virgin. p. 322. ISBN 0-86369-681-3.
- Associated Press, 14 February 2003