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27 March 2015
John's Home Opens to the Public

John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool has been opened to the public by his widow Yoko Ono.

John lived at Mendips, in Menlove Avenue, Woolton, with his Aunt Mimi from the age of five to 23.
Yoko donated the semi-detached house to the National Trust in March 2002.

Officially opening the semi-detached house, Yoko said that "the spirit that changed the world profoundly has been remembered in this familiar place".
The small bedroom where Lennon spent hours playing his guitar has been recreated, with 45rpm singles by Elvis Presley and a poster of The King on the wall.
Lennon often practised his guitar in the front porch while his early band, The Quarrymen, and later The Beatles, also rehearsed there.
The Beatles' first UK number one, Please Please Me was written by John and Paul in  Aunt Mimi's bedroom.

"John was a uniquely brilliant man," Yoko said.
"And it gives me great pleasure to see Mendips restored as a permanent memory of a place that formed him and his amazing talents."

Yoko asked that the house be preserved as it was when Lennon lived there so people can glimpse the early experiences that helped inspire his genius.

>> National Trust's Mendips Site

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