- TheArchaeologyof TheBeatles
The National Trust has recently acquired 20, Forthlin Road, Liverpool, the home to Paul McCartney between 1955 and 1963. It was here that The Beatles formed and wrote songs such as "She Loves You" and "Please Please Me", and the property is an important landmark in the development of popular culture. The house is also important as an example of the works of Sir Lancelot Keay, Liverpool City Architect and Director of Housing 1925-1948, who was responsible for so much of the housing development in the city in the inter-war years. Despite some initial scepticism, an archaeological survey was carried out in 1996 to discover more about this unusual property.
The archaeology of this street in Liverpool goes back beyond mop-tops and cello bass guitars. Along side the corner shops and roundabouts of Allerton, lies a group of Bronze Age standing stones, each with cupand-ring marks, apparently re-erected in the
1880s. Another standing stone known as "Robin Hood's Butt" was moved from its
20 Forthlin Road,
Liverpool, the former home of Paul
McCartney, now a National Trust original position during development work in the 1920s. Inconceivable now, the only property
record of this move comes from map National Trust evidence.
Until the turn of the 20th century, Allerton lay way beyond the boundaries of the city. Valued at eight shillings in the Domesday Book, the landscape remained open and unenclosed well into the 17th century. A map of 1568 shows little more than furze, heather-clad slopes, rough wastes and common land. The 1839 tithe map reveals small farmsteads and fields of pasture, potatoes and wheat, the landscape
A full report was in published "National Trust Review the for 1995" which is available from Caroline Thackray at the NT
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