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Strawberry Fields 🍓

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

When I’m back in #Liverpool I love to explore the city which brought me to the famous gates of Strawberry Fields. An iconic landmark in Liverpool and Beatles fans alike.🍓

In 1934 the Salvation Army purchased the land & estate in Woolton, Liverpool. July of 1936 it opened as a children’s home. Of course over the years with all the structural problems the home became unfit. It was more cost effective to demolish the existing building and replace it with a purpose-built children’s home and the entrance to the property was moved further west. Though entrance with the bright red gates was no longer used it became a Mecca for The Beatles fans to come visit.


The home closed in January of 2005 and the Salvation Army used it as a church and prayer center. In May 2011 the original gates were removed and replaced with replicas. The Salvation Army are planning to open up the property for the public to explore in the near future.


We all know the lyrics to 1967 Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever written by John Lennon.

‘Let me take you down

Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields

Nothing is real

And nothing to get hung about

Strawberry Fields forever’


As the story goes, John lived near the home with his Aunt Mimi. He loved the summer garden party that happened each year on the grounds of Strawberry Field. His Aunt Mimi was quoted, 'As soon as we could hear the Salvation Army Band starting, John would jump up and down shouting "Mimi, come on. We're going to be late.’


John often jumped the wall and was found playing with the children in the home to the dismay of the proprietors. After several attempts to little avail, they told his aunt if he continued, they would hang him. Hence the lyrics, And nothing to get hung about…🍓

Article by Amy Kate - @AmyKate8LFC

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