The Beatles connection

St Barnabas Church is located on the corner of Penny Lane.  The street is an important landmark, sought out by Beatles fans visiting Liverpool.

Standing outside St Barnabas Church you can see most of the locations described in the Beatles famous song “Penny Lane”.

The Barber’s shop is just across the road showing photographs of the heads they have had the pleasure to have known. The bank (now a doctor's surgery), is opposite the church, where the banker never wore a mac in the pouring rain.  The shelter in the middle of the roundabout is also just acrosss the road - where the nurse used to sell poppies. The fire station is just up the road where the firemen kept their engine clean.

Just along Penny Lane are some of the other well known Beatles locations – the former St Barnabas Church Hall (now called “The Dovey” – see photo opposite) where many of the Liverpool groups performed in the 1960’s including the Quarrymen and the Beatles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Paul Young)

 

Further down Penny Lane around the corner from “The Dovey” is Dovedale School where John Lennon and George Harrison attended. 

 

Another connection is the fact that Paul McCartney sang in St Barnabas choir – as he stated in the Beatles Anthology….. “A lot of our formative years were spent walking around those places. Penny Lane was the depot I had to change buses at to get from my house to John's and to a lot of my friends. It was a big bus terminal, which we all knew very well. I sang in the choir at St Barnabas Church opposite.”    He also mentioned his choir days in an interview that appeared in the Sunday Times dated 24th September 2006. A small plaque in the choir stalls is mounted to record Paul's time there.

Across from the church (off Church Road) is Newcastle Road where John was born.  Further up Church Road, near Picton Clock, is Arnold Grove - George Harrison’s home before he moved to Mackets Lane.  

A short bus ride away from Penny Lane is Paul McCartney’s home in Forthlin Road (off Mather Avenue) and John Lennon’s home “Mendips”, on Menlove Avenue where John lived with his Aunt Mimi.  Paul and John spent many hours at these two homes playing and writing songs together.  Just around the corner from “Mendips” is Strawberry Field.  Other local sites are Brian Epstein’s home in Queens Drive, and Quarry Bank Grammar School (now Calderstones School) where John attended.

Paul, with Lynda McCartney, returned to St Barnabas in May 1982; Paul was best man when his brother Mike McCartney married Rowena.

Each year during the Liverpool Music Festival held in August, St Barnabas holds an event to celebrate the Beatles connection with a display of Beatles photographs, and a concert of Beatles music. Photos below are from past events.

The Innova Choir from Sweden who have performed at the church for the past 2 years. Posing alongside the Magical Mystery tour bus that visits all the Beatles locations around Liverpool.

 

(Photo: Paul Young)

Liberal Democrat Councillor Erica Kemp CBE, who at the time was Lord Mayor of Liverpool (2014 to 2015), photoraphed with the Innova Choir. (As you look at the photo - her husband Richard Kemp CBE,  also a Liberal Democrat Councillor, is standing just behind Erica to her right .)

 

(Photo: Paul Young)

(Photo: Paul Young)

Frontline band perform the Beatles.

 

(Photo: Paul Young)

(Photo: Paul Young)

Members of St Barnabas as characters from the Penny Lane song.

(Top outside Barber Shop.  Above on Penny Lane)