Despite living in Liverpool for over a decade, and having seen many of the sites around the city associated with The Beatles, I had never gotten round to going to see the Strawberry Field gates which were immortalised by The Beatles in their song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The gates are an entrance to a former Salvation Army home (1936-2005). The original building was demolished in the 1970s and replaced with a purpose-built one, which closed as a Salvation Army home in 2005. The building is now a church and prayer centre. The gates are on Beaconsfield Road, just a short walk from Menlove Avenue and Mendips – the home of John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi. Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi for much of his childhood.
Sadly, the original gates, after suffering deterioration, were removed and placed in storage. They were replaced with these exact replicas by Jim Bennett in 2011. They are still popular with tourists doing The Beatles trail around the city. They are a stop-off point for Taxi Beatles Tours and Cavern Club’s Magical Mystery Tour. The gates, gateposts and the walls nearby are covered in graffiti left by Beatles fans from around the world.
- My photos of the gates (Flickr)
- A photo animation of my photos (YouTube)
- My collection of photos related to The Beatles (Flickr)
- Video of Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles (YouTube)