The crosswalk depicted on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album has been granted historical protection status in London, the UK’s Press Association reports.
According to the article, "Sir Paul [McCartney] welcomed the news, saying: ‘It’s been a great year for me and a great year for the Beatles and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake.’ It is the first such listing of its kind – such status is normally afforded only to buildings – and follows advice from English Heritage. The nearby [Abbey Road] studios were listed in February."
However, the article then goes on to say that the crossing is most likely not the original one."[A] comparison between the cover photograph and its present position suggests that it may have been moved a little to the north, closer to the studio gates, but it has not been possible to confirm this. Whether or not it is the same crossing depicted on the album cover or one very close to the original site, it remains a place of pilgrimage, with the studios, for Beatles fans from all over the world."
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