Historic Properties: Suburbs (South Liverpool)
Smithdown Place, Liverpool. L15 9EH
Penny Lane is a street famous worldwide thanks to The Beatles 1967 hit. It was the location of the Smithdown Road tram terminus with trams running to the city centre via Smithdown Road or by way of the loop via Church Road and Wavertree. Later buses replaced trams but it still remained an important transport interchange.
Penny Lane became a place of international interest as a result of the Beatles' song "Penny Lane". Released in February 1967, the song was a number 1 hit in many charts around the world. The location is where bus routes (now 76 and 86) from John Lennon's Childhood Home on Menlove Avenue and from Mather Avenue near Paul McCartney's Childhood Home joined up. The fireman and fire engine referred to in the lyrics are the Allerton Community Fire Station on Mather Avenue, now closed. The terminus at Penny Lane included a purpose-built bus shelter, with a waiting room and toilets. The shelter is located on its own island, which is "the shelter in the middle of a roundabout" referred to in the song.
Penny Lane links Smithdown Road/Allerton Road to Greenbank Road, where the "Penny Lane" sign is a popular photo opportunity. There are also street signs at the Smithdown Road/Allerton Road end too.
Penny Lane was named after James Penny, an eighteenth-century slave trader. As with many of the era's industrialists, and Liverpool itself, Penny became wealthy through the international slave trade.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open at all times.
Advance booking is not required.
Located to the south east of Liverpool between Smithdown Road/Allerton Road and Greenbank Road.
Regular bus services to and from the city centre operate along Smithdown Road/Allerton Road.
Free parking available nearby.
Penny Lane, Smithdown Place, Liverpool. L15 9EH
Last Updated Monday 20 April 2020
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