George Harrison's childhood home goes up for auction

George Harrison's childhood home goes up for auction

11/07/2021

George Harrison’s childhood home in Liverpool where the Beatles had their first rehearsals in the late 50s goes up for auction for £160,000

  • George Harrison’s childhood home in Upton Green, Speke, in Liverpool is going up for auction for £160,000 
  • The Beatle’s family moved into the terraced property in 1949 when he was six and spent 12 years living there 
  • Omega Auctions, handling the sale later this month, expects that the buyer will hope to turn it into a museum 

George Harrison, pictured, whose childhood home is going up for auction this month 

George Harrison’s childhood home where the Beatles rehearsed in their early days is going up for auction for £160,000.

The Harrison family moved into the house in Upton Green, Speke, in Liverpool when Harrison was six years old.

They spent 12 years in the terraced property and it was where he and his friends Paul McCartney and John Lennon held their first band rehearsals.

Omega Auctions, which is handling the sale, expects the three-bedroom house will be bought by someone hoping to turn it into a museum.

A successful buyer could also now apply for a blue plaque for the property. To be eligible for one, the subject of the plaque has to have been dead for 20 years and Harrison died in November 2001.

Harold and Louise Harrison moved to the modest council house in 1949, when their son George was six.

It was close to where Paul McCartney lived with his parents.

The youngsters met while waiting for a school bus in 1954 and McCartney convinced Harrison to join a band with him.

Harrison auditioned for John Lennon and joined the skiffle band, The Quarrymen. By 1959 Lennon’s school friends left the group and by August 1960 the band were known as The Beatles.

In those early years the young Beatles regularly rehearsed at Harrison’s home.

Ringo Starr did not join the band until 1962, the year the Harrisons moved out of the house, just as the Beatles rocketed to international stardom.

Harrison’s family lived in the house in Upton Green, Speke in Liverpool until 1962. It has a lounge, kitchen and dining room, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a family-sized rear garden 

The shed outside the house. Omega Auctions, handling the sale, expects the three-bedroom property will be bought by someone hoping to turn it into a museum 

There are lots of pictures in the public domain of Harrison inside and outside the property, which still has some of the period features from when he lived there.

Matthew and Edna Kermode bought the house from Liverpool City Council in 1983 and after their death their daughter Linda put it up for auction in 2014, when the current owners, who own several other former Beatles homes, bought it.

Number 25 Upton Green has had a complete renovation but still has original doors, a bath and sink and outbuildings that have the doors and décor from George Harrison’s time.

The outside shed of the house. There is also a large kitchen dresser unit the owners found in the outbuilding that would have originally been in the kitchen when the Harrisons lived there which will be included in the sale



The house has had a complete renovation but still has original doors, a bath and sink and outbuildings that have the doors and décor from Harrison’s time

There is also a large kitchen dresser unit the owners found in the outbuilding that would have originally been in the kitchen when the Harrisons lived there which will be included in the sale.

The house has a lounge, kitchen and dining room, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a family-sized rear garden.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions said: ‘It’s truly an honour to have a chance to sell a property which played an important role in the early career of the Beatles.

‘George will have learned to play the guitar in this house and the photos of the group gathering there in the early 1960s are amazing to see.

Those who end with the childhood home of George Harrison, pictured, could now apply for a blue plaque for the property. To be eligible for one, the subject of the plaque has to have been dead for 20 years and Harrison died in November 2001

Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in The Quarrymen, the skiffle band they were in before becoming The Beatles

‘We think it’s a steal at £160k, especially with the Get Back film due out soon and the option coming up to apply for a blue plaque at the property. We can’t wait to see how it goes.’

Dan Hampson from Omega Auctions added: ‘This is a truly unique opportunity to own the property where George spent his formative years and that played an important part in helping The Beatles flourish.

‘Whether you want to live here yourself or be able to share the space with fellow fans, this represents an excellent investment opportunity.

By 1959 Lennon’s school friends left the group and by August 1960 the band were known as The Beatles. Ringo Starr did not join the band until 1962, just as the Beatles rocketed to international stardom

‘The current owners bought it at auction and had ambitions to create a museum space. That’s what they, and we, think it should be.

‘They own three other properties that Beatles have lived in. They’re big Beatles collectors and fans but are focusing their priorities at the moment.

‘With the Peter Jackson documentary coming out, they thought now was a good time to sell.

‘We’re expecting a lot of interest. We’re seeing interest in Beatles memorabilia really picking up again.’

The property will be sold on November 30. 

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