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 Allerton in south Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is the house in which Paul McCartney lived for several years before he rose to fame with The Beatles, and it is labelled by the National Trust as "the birthplace of The Beatles". It was also the home of his brother Mike and the birthplace of the group The Scaffold, which Mike was a member of.


The house was built and owned by the local authority, and the McCartney family moved into it in 1955 when Paul was at secondary school. In 1965, Paul bought his father, James, a house in a wealthy part of Wirral.[1][2]

Recent years[edit]

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]

In February 2012, both this house and Lennon's childhood home at 251 Menlove Avenue were Grade II listed by English Heritage.[6]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ BBC News, 29 February 2012: Lennon and McCartney homes given Grade II listed status Linked 2015-06-18

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