Abbey Road, London

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Abbey Road
Abbey Road London.JPG
The iconic crossing in 2004
Length 1.3 mi (2.1 km)
Location St. John's Wood, London, England, UK
South end Quex Road, Kilburn
East end Grove End Road, St. John's Wood
Other
Known for Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road is a thoroughfare in the borough of Camden and the City of Westminster in London, running roughly northwest to southeast through St. John's Wood, near Lord's Cricket Ground. It is part of the B507 road. This road is best known for the Abbey Road Studios and the 1969 album, Abbey Road, by The Beatles.

The north-western end of Abbey Road begins in Kilburn, at the junction with Quex Road and West End Lane. The road was named for the nearby Kilburn Priory[1] and its associated Abbey Farm. It continues south-east for roughly a mile, crossing Belsize Road, Boundary Road, and Marlborough Place, ending at the junction of Grove End Road and Garden Road.

The Abbey National Building Society (now Santander UK) was founded in 1874 as The Abbey Road & St John's Wood Permanent Benefit Building Society in a Baptist church on Abbey Road.

EMI's Abbey Road Studios are located at the south-eastern end, at 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood. The Beatles and many other famous popular music performers have recorded at this studio, and The Beatles named their last studio LP Abbey Road. The album's cover photograph shows the four group members walking across the zebra crossing just outside the studio entrance. As a result of its association with The Beatles, since 1970 this part of Abbey Road has been featured on the London tourism circuit. In December 2010 the crossing was given Grade II Listed Building status by English Heritage despite its age not being contemporary to that era.[2]

The zebra crossing featured on the Beatles cover, as well as the crossing directly north of it, have become popular photo-opportunity areas, despite the road still being a busy thoroughfare for traffic. The iconic Beatles album cover has been parodied many times over the years on the crossing.

Abbey Road street sign

The tin street sign on the corner of Grove End Road and Abbey Road is now mounted high on the building on the corner, to save the local council the expense of cleaning and replacing the sign, which was frequently defaced and stolen. The council repaints the wall next to the zebra crossing every three months to cover fans' graffiti.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A D Mills (11 March 2010). A Dictionary of London Place-Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-956678-5. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Beatles' Abbey Road zebra crossing given listed status". BBC Online. 22 December 2010. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ Lawrence Pollard (7 August 2009). "Revisiting Abbey Road 40 Years On". BBC Online. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 

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