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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
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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