It doesn’t have a lovely name or a jungle room, but Mendips could become England’s Graceland. It’s the suburban Liverpool home where John Lennon spent his youth, and Yoko Ono is opening it to tourists on March 29.
Lennon’s widow bought the house when it came on the market and donated it to England’s National Trust, the private organization that maintains the country’s national monuments. (The trust also owns Paul McCartney’s childhood Liverpool home.) ”When John’s house came up for sale I wanted to preserve it for the people of Liverpool, and John Lennon and Beatles fans all over the world,” Ono told BBC Radio.
Lennon lived at Mendips, at 251 Menlove Avenue, from the time he was 5 until he was 23 and the Beatles were on the brink of international stardom. It was there that he was raised by his Aunt Mimi, formed his first band (the Quarrymen) on the porch, and rehearsed often with McCartney. Ono says the house has been restored to look as it did during Lennon’s years there in the 1950s and early ’60s.