Iron Door Club

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The Iron Door Club
Plaque commemorating The Iron Door Club
Location13 Temple Street, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
OwnerGeoffrey Hogarth, Harry Ormesher
TypeMusic club
Genre(s)Entertainment, night club

Coordinates: 53°24′25″N 2°59′17″W / 53.407°N 2.988°W / 53.407; -2.988 The Iron Door Club was a music venue at 13 Temple Street, Liverpool, England founded by Geoff Hogarth and Harry Ormesher.[1] It opened in May 1960 and closed in 1964.[2] The Searchers played there regularly[3] and it was the first venue where the Beatles played under that name (strictly, the name they used there on 15 May 1960 was "Silver Beetles", having played at Liverpool's Lathom Hall as the Silver Beats on the previous night).[4] The television performance by the band The Undertakers singing "Mashed Potato" was filmed at the Iron Door Club in 1963.[citation needed]

When the club first opened as licensed premises in 1960, it had a capacity of some 1,650 people. In 1963, the adjacent warehouse was acquired. The basement and the ground floors of the two buildings were opened up into single spaces.[1] In 1961 it became the Liverpool Jazz Society, and in 1962 the venue became the Storyville Jazz Club. In September 1962 the venue reverted to being known as the Iron Door Club once again.[5] After the club closed in 1964 the premises became the Pyramid Club.[1]

The Iron Door Club is also the name of a Derby-based band[6] which is inspired by 1960s bands such as the Searchers, who played at the original venue during its existence.


  1. ^ a b c McCormack, Peter. 'Just The Facts', Iron Door Club (3 October 2004) Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  2. ^ McCormack, Peter. 'The Iron Door Club Timeline', Iron Door Club (March 2007) Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  3. ^ McCormack, Peter. 'The Searchers History', Needles & Pins (2005). Retrieved June 18, 2005.
  4. ^ McCormack, Peter. '"Silver Beetles" Pass The Audition', Iron Door Club (19 October 2004) Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  5. ^ "The Beatles Bible - Live: Storyville Jazz Club, Liverpool". The Beatles Bible. 1962-03-01. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  6. ^ Iron Door Club (band) website Archived 2011-02-22 at the Wayback Machine