I grew up in the 70’s listening to the music of the Beatles being played on my father’s Lenco turntable.
Among these was Penny Lane which depicted the road and neighbourhood that John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up in.
The sights, sounds and characters were particularly familiar to Paul McCartney who used to meet John Lennon here to catch a bus into Liverpool. McCartney wrote this timeless masterpiece that was released in 1967, and continues to perform it on tour.
Fifty years on, much has changed in the Mossley Hill district where this mile long road is located. But realising the historical significance and tourism potential of the places mentioned in the song, the local council and community have taken time and care to maintain the significant spots.
These include the now disused bus shelter in the middle of the roundabout, the Allerton Community Fire Station that was closed a few years ago, and Bioletti’s barber shop, now known as Tony Slavin’s Salon.
Here are the landmarks in sequence of their appearance in the song. Have fun on your trip down Penny Lane and you will realise you can’t help but sing along! (Video below)
PENNY LANE by the Beatles
In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs, of every head he’s had the pleasure to have known, and all the people that come and go, stop and say hello …
And though she feels as if she’s in a play,
In Penny Lane the barber shaves another customer,
We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim,
And then the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain, very strange …
Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes There beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit, and meanwhile back … Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies Penny Lane …
How to get to Penny Lane from Liverpool One Station:
Hop on Bus number 75, 80, 80E, 86, 86A and 86C. Tickets will be between £1 to £2. But if you are travelling in a party of two or more – an Uber ride from Liverpool which costs between £5 to £8 would make more sense.
Below is a music video of Penny Lane and some of the landmarks mentioned in the song – as it looked like 50 years ago: