Custodian Sought For John Lennon's Childhood Home

By David Prudames | 19 January 2004
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shows John Lennon's bedroom. John composed several early Beatles songs here.

Photo: John Lennon's bedroom, where he composed several early Beatles songs. Photo: NTPL/Dennis Gilbert.

Accommodation comprising double bedroom, bathroom and kitchen available in Liverpool. Comes complete with 1950s interior and 7,000 visitors a year.

The National Trust is seeking a new live-in custodian for one of its most popular properties in Liverpool, Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon.

Lennon lived at Mendips with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George between the ages of 5 and 23 and is said to have composed some of the Beatles’ early songs there with Paul McCartney.

shows the young schoolboy, John Lennon, snapped in front of Mendips in the 1950's.

Photo: the young schoolboy, John Lennon, snapped in front of Mendips in the 1950's. Photo: The National Trust.

A modest semi on Menlove Avenue in the suburb of Woolton, the house was bought and donated to the National Trust by John’s wife, Yoko Ono Lennon, in 2002.

Following a restoration that returned it to how it would have looked in the 1950s, Mendips was opened to the public in March last year.

"The Trust is looking for someone who can bring the qualities of interpretation, subject knowledge and customer care that the job demands," said the Trust’s Liverpool Properties Manager, Simon Osborne.

shows 'Mendips', built in 1933 as a three-bedroom semi-detached house near the corner of Menlove Avenue and Vale Road in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton.

Photo: Mendips was built in 1933 as a three-bedroom semi-detached house near the corner of Menlove Avenue and Vale Road in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. Photo: NTPL/Dennis Gilbert.

"He or she will be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Lennon family during the period Mendips was in its ownership. Emphasis is very much on an ability to help with the 'living interpretation' of the house."

The Custodian is expected to 'live-in', with accommodation comprising a double bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, and be on hand throughout the season (March – October) to welcome visitors and answer any questions.

Mendips attracted more than 7,000 visitors during its first season in 2003 as part of a combined tour to 20, Forthlin Road, the former home of the McCartney family.

Shows a photograph of a pensive John Lennon, seated and holding a guitar.

Photo: Lennon in 1967 when the Beatles were at the height of their fame. Photo: The Beatles in India by Paul Saltzman, a touring exhibition organised by Proud Galleries, London and HP Laboratories, Bristol. © Paul Saltzman.

"We are very much looking forward to the coming season, building on last year’s tremendous success of Mendips," added Simon Osborne. "Thanks must go to our outgoing Custodian, Matthew Whitfield, who has done a superb job, and has ensured that visits to Mendips have been a very enjoyable experience."

Any serious Beatlephiles who want to go one better than knowing all the words can send a large stamped addressed envelope to The National Trust, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke Hall Avenue, Liverpool, L24 1XD.

The closing date for applications is January 26 and interviews will be held on February 2, ahead of the opening of the new season on March 27.

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