Will Repaving Be Permitted?

From Reuters December 22, 2010

Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing wins protected status

The most famous pedestrian crossing in popular music, outside Abbey Road Studios in north London, was designated a site of national importance by the British government on Wednesday.

Beatles fans from around the world flock to the road to pose for photographs imitating the picture on the “Abbey Road” album cover which shows Paul, John, George and Ringo strolling over the crossing.

“This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage,” said John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage in a statement.

Penrose declared the crossing a Grade II listed site on the advice of national preservation body English Heritage.

This means the crossing can be altered but only with the approval of the local authorities which would make a decision based on the site’s historic significance, function and condition.

Abbey Road Studios themselves were listed Grade II in February.

(Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova, editing by Paul Casciato)

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3 thoughts on “Will Repaving Be Permitted?

  1. P.S.

    Lennon’s White ‘Abbey Road’ Suit Sells for $46,000
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: January 3, 2011

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000.

    The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries’ annual New Year’s Day auction to an online bidder who wished to remain anonymous.

    Owner Kathy Braswell tells the Connecticut Post the holiday auction is their biggest event of the year.

    The suit was custom made for Lennon by French designer Ted Lapidus.

  2. Neil,

    Have you seen this story about the proposed demolition of Ringo Starr’s birthplace? Adds another intriguing level to the preservation of the Beatlemania cultural legacy in Britain and beyond.

    Do you think any of the band members’ birthplaces should be saved? English Heritage cites no historic or architectural significance.

    All the best,

    Nicholas Merkelson
    Culture in Peril
    http://www.cultureinperil.com
    Twitter: @cultureinperil

  3. I saw it! Also posted this item about John Lennon’s white suit. Problem here is the official fixation with linking heritage to buildings and auction items. I mean the Beatles deserve to be commemorated in any way people want to but “birthplaces” and places of architectural significance are just timeworn cliches that we have gotten used to confusing with collective memory… our job is to come up with new ways that do not just multiply the stock of fossilized structures– or provide more fodder for collectors. We need to provide ways of remembering and reflecting that don’t require admission tickets or a winning bid.

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