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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
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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Tagged in this Tour: The Beatles take London
Tagged in this Tour: The Ultimate Beatles Tour