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Mendips is a 1930s semi-detached property and is in Woolton, south Liverpool, England. The house belonged to Lennon's Aunt Mimi and her husband George. They took him in 1945 when he was five because his mother could not cope after John's father left them. He remained here until 1963 when he was 23 years old.
Despite having purchased the childhood residence of Paul McCartney, the National Trust showed no interest in acquiring the Menlove Avenue property. It was eventually bought by Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, who then donated it to the National Trust. After much restoration work to return it to a 1950s style, it was opened to the public on 27 March 2003.
Said Ono, "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." (Associated Press, 14 February 2003).
In pop cultureEdit
- The house was featured on the sleeve cover for Oasis' single "Live Forever."
- Menlove Ave. is a John Lennon album, posthumously released in 1986 under the supervision of Yoko Ono.