The auction of the home near Penny Lane where John Lennon lived as a small boy is about to begin, within the hour, today, October 29, 2013. The auction will take place at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where John and the Beatles used to perform. There has been international interest in the home, and there’s no telling, as people gather at the Cavern, how much the home will go for. Until now, the only photo available was of the exterior of the home. Now you can take a video tour through the home, taken this morning, October 29, 2013 by Sky News. (see video this page.) Also, after we spoke with John’s half sister Julia Baird at length about the auction, she decided to visit the house. This is the first time she has been inside the home since she left it in 1949, and her detailed memories of the home are shared below.
UPDATE: Tweets from people who attended the auction say that the home has sold for £480,000 and that the buyer wants to remain totally anonymous. No hint so far whether Yoko Ono has been involved.
As you will see, the interior as well as the back yard, is in need of a great amount of work, and the home is in such a dilapidated state that the crew would not venture up the rickety stairs, even to see John’s old bedroom. John’s half sister Julia Baird also visited the home recently and shared her impressions and memories.
When Julia entered the house, a flood of memories filled her mind. She pointed out that John’s bedroom was upstairs at the back, while her parents were in the next room. The grandparents, George and Polly Stanley, slept in the main front bedroom. She also remembered playing in the back yard where they had installed a swing for all her friends to play on. Now the backyard is full of rubble and garbage cans, and whoever buys the house will have a lot of work to do.
The house, located near Penny Lane off of Church Street in Wavertree, at 9 Newcastle, became home to John’s grandparents, Annie and George Stanley and their brood of daughters in the 1930s. The house was not owned by them. Julia Stanley continued to live here even after she married Alf Lennon in 1938, because he went to sea. But he did come home now and then, and legend has it that John was conceived “on the kitchen floor” during a romantic and passionate homecoming. (Read full story here.) John lived here from the time he was born until the age of five, when he went to live with his Aunt Mimi, in 1945.
Julia had two daughters with her beau Bobby Dykins, Julia and Jackie, at this house, between 1947- 49. They moved out of the house in 1949 after Mr. Stanley, John’s grandfather passed away.
Stephen Giddins, the agent from Entwistle Green, was quoted as saying that the owners wanted to put the home up for auction since it would have international interest.”It’s very difficult to put a price on a house like this because you don’t know what someone who is a huge Beatles fan will be prepared to pay to live in John Lennon’s former home.’ Acknowledging there has been widespread interest across the planet, he said, “We’ve had interest from across the whole of the UK and we’ve got at least a couple of people wanting to bid from the United States over the telephone.”
Will #9 Newcastle be open for tours?
The house John remembered most, at Mendips, where he was raised by his Aunt Mimi, was sold to Yoko Ono and donated to the National Trust in 2000. That home is open for tours, along with Paul McCartney’s childhood home on Forthlin Road. (Read more here.) There is no word as to whether #9 Newcastle will ever be open to the public. But Julia Baird told us, “the neighbors would never have it.”
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