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While the fight to save Ringo Starr’s terraced home continues, the Beatles homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s offer a curiously rewarding peek back in time – complete with Mike McCartney photos and memorabilia.

Macca’s home, at 20 Forthlin Road, is a plain, terraced house (Paul’s bedroom is tiny and threadbare: but it’s here the partnership wrote their first songs).

Mendips, in leafy south Liverpool, is a handsome semi – home to John’s Aunt Mimi and Uncle George, complete with ruthlessly tidy gardens (Aunt Mimi obviously liked getting busy with the shears). The property was bought by Yoko Ono, who donated it to the National Trust. Both houses are now restored back to their 1950s incarnations – all formica and flat caps.

Be warned. If you want to see inside the Beatles homes you need to pre-book with the National Trust. Visits to both houses are combined on a tour that leaves from either Speke Hall, or Jury’s Inn hotel, on the Kings Dock. Well worth it for Beatles completists. Admission charged.