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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North 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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