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The Rolling Stones London Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd March 1934 Born today: Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)

23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)

23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)

23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating

23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London

23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.

Beatles first no.1 written here



Beatles first no.1 written here

This is where the Beatles wrote Yesterday and Eleanor Rigby.

Location: 57 Wimpole Street, London

Description: This was the home of Paul McCartney’s then girlfriend, Jane Asher and her family. He lived here in the attic when he first moved down to London.

Jane Asher’s mother, Margaret, was a music teacher and taught in a small basement music room, where Lennon and McCartney wrote the Beatle’s first US number 1 I Want To Hold Your Hand and also Eleanor Rigby.

The ground floor was Dr. Asher’s reception room, the first floor a parlour with an out of tune piano and the third was the family floor with living room and Jane Asher’s bedroom.

Peter Asher and McCartney had rooms in the attic with Asher’s room being the one that overlooked the street at the front of the house and McCartneys’s at the back overlooking Browning Mews.

McCartney wrote Yesterday on the piano in his attic bedroom.

Beatles fans once stole one of the cast iron knobs from the front railings of the house. Dr. Asher took a casting of a remaining knob and then melted down any bits of available iron around the house to make a replacement. Mrs Asher was quite angry as she had been fond of some of the things he had selected as scrap.
Gathered fans became such a problem during the filming of Help! in Spring 1965 that Dr. Asher devised an escape route out of McCartney’s bedroom window.

McCartney would climb across into a flat owned by an old army Colonel at No. 56 and would be let down into the lift and would exit into the back street through the basement flat (10 Browning Mews).

McCartney brought the couple living in the flat a fridge by way of thanks.

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