Abbey Road, London
|Length||0.9 mi (1.4 km)|
|Location||St John's Wood, London|
|Nearest Tube station||St John's Wood|
|South end||Quex Road, Kilburn|
Grove End Road|
St John’s Wood
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 road B507. This road is best known for the Abbey Road Studios and for featuring on the cover of The Beatles’ album of the same name, which was released in September 1969.
The north western end of Abbey Road begins in Kilburn at the junction with Quex Road and West End Lane. The road was once a track leading to Kilburn Priory and its associated Abbey Farm and was developed in the beginning of the nineteenth century. It continues south east for roughly one mile crossing Belsize Road, Boundary Road, and Marlborough Place, ending at the junction of Grove End Road and Garden Road.
EMI’s Abbey Road Studios is located at the south-eastern end at 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood. The Beatles, Kanye West, Glenn Miller, Queen, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Shirley Bassey, Aretha Franklin, ABBA, Cliff Richard, Kate Bush, Brockhampton, Kylie Minogue, Pink Floyd, and many other famous popular music performers have recorded at this studio. The Beatles named their last studio LP after this street, and 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, this part of Abbey Road has been featured on the London tourism circuit. The crossing was given the official status of Grade II Listed Building by English Heritage in December 2010. The zebra crossing featured on the Beatles cover has become a popular photo opportunity area, despite the road still being a busy thoroughfare for traffic.
There have been stories about the zebra crossing having been relocated from its original location, but these are ungrounded myths based on the storm water drain located on the north eastern corner of the crossing which has been there since the establishment of the sewer system in the City of Westminster.
The album cover of the Beatles has been parodied many times over the years. The 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 or stolen. The council repaints the wall next to the zebra crossing every three months to cover fans’ occasional graffiti.
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