Strawberry Field, Beaconsfield Road
Strawberry Field, Beaconsfield Road,
Woolton, which dates from 1870 when it was owned by the wealthy
ship-owner, George Warren. The mansion passed into the hands of the
shipping merchant, Alexander C Mitchell, and was eventually sold by his
widow to the Salvation Army in 1934 who had bought the mansion from a
legacy left for this purpose by Mary Fowler - a Liverpool woman - and the
home for forty girls was opened. In 2005
Strawberry Field was closed as a children's home. The
building was then transformed by the Salvation Army into a 'Boiler Room'
one of a global network prayer rooms to encourage communities to join in
prayer, around the clock, and to provide a meeting place for religious
groups and artists.
To meet their ever-growing demands the
Salvation Army decided to build a new home at the rear of the existing
building, which was opened in 1973 and was their first purpose-built Home. The original mansion was demolished
and on that site now stands an all-weather pitch, which was marked out and
decorated by the Princes Trust in 2003. 'Lennon
Court' was opened in 1979 and provides staff accommodation and four
bed-sits where 16-18 year old boys and girls have the opportunity to live
independently in preparation for their eventual move into the community.
Fields, New York
John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, gave $½m to the City of New York to lay out
a 2½ acre tear-shaped section of Central Park, New York, and a further
$½m to maintain it. On
the 9th October 1985, the
Parks Commissioner, Mr. Stern, New York's Mayor, Mr. Koch and Yoko Ono, dedicated the area as Strawberry Fields, to the memory of John
Over one hundred countries contributed to the garden with
native plants, and stones for the 'Imagine' mosaic. A steel
plaque lists all of the countries who contributed to the memorial.
On the 11th May 2000, the main gates of Strawberry Field were stolen.
Fortunately, the scrap dealer who was asked to buy them recognised them immediately
and called the police. The gates were re-instated on the 15th of May.
On the 9th October 2000, the 60th birthday of John, the Liverpool
rock-n-roll children's charity, Mersey Cats, donated and dedicated a swing
park in the name of John Lennon in the grounds of Strawberry Field.
Gates to the entrance of the original 1870 mansion that was demolished in 1977.
Laid on the site of the original mansion.
Mersey Cats plaque
Swing Park dedicated to John Lennon by the Liverpool rock-n-roll
children's charity Mersey Cats.
Donated by Mersey Cats