Abbey Road crossing given listed status
22nd December 2010
The zebra crossing near the Abbey Road Studios in London made famous by The Beatles has been granted listed status by the government.
John Penrose, minister for tourism and heritage, gave grade II status to the crossing, which appeared on the cover of the 1969 album Abbey Road, after consulting with English Heritage.
It is the first time that a road crossing has been awarded a grade II listing, which is reserved for buildings and sites that are regarded as having 'more than special interest'.
Mr Penrose commented: 'It is a fantastic testimony to the international fame of The Beatles that - more than 40 years on - this crossing continues to attract thousands of visitors each year, trying to mimic their iconic Abbey Road album cover.'
He added that the crossing can be considered as much a part of the heritage of England as any castle or cathedral, thanks to The Beatles' decision to use it in a ten-minute photoshoot.
In February of this year, Abbey Road Studios themselves were recognised as a grade II listed building by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said the move was a 'welcome acknowledgement' of the studios' contribution to the UK's musical scene.