One of several homes lived in by
(Sir) Paul's family. It was the last he lived in before fame took over, his family
moving to Heswall, Wirral, by 1964. 20 Forthlin Road was purchased by the
National Trust in November 1995, and was the first house the Trust had
acquired which had an association with modern popular culture.
Paul was living here when he first met
John, later rehearsing here with the Beatles, and where many of the
Beatles early songs were written, amongst which were 'Love Me Do'
and 'I Saw Her Standing There.'
'Please Please Me,' 'I Call Your Name' and
'I'll Get You' were written at John's Home, Mendips. 'Please
Please Me' reached No.1 in 1963 and the Beatles were later
photographed at Forthlin Road. They played at the Cavern for the last time
on 3rd August this same year.
Paul's brother, Mike, met John Gorman and poet Roger McGough in the early
before the Beatles rose to fame, and formed the Scaffold group, Mike
changing his name to Mike McGear.
1965 the Beatles were awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire). In
1969 John Lennon returned his medal in protest at the Vietnam War.
In December 1996 Paul McCartney, MBE, was
awarded his knighthood for
helping to revolutionise pop music, which was presented to him at
Buckingham Palace on 11th March 1997. Sir Paul
dedicated his knighthood to fellow Beatles George Harrison, Ringo Starr,
John Lennon and the people of Liverpool.
Aides said: "He won't be calling himself 'Sir Paul.'