I’ve been asked so many times on my tours, and on here, whether it is true that the famous Abbey Road Crossing is not the one the Beatles posed on, but has been moved several metres. Some taxi driver tell their customers it is the crossing some 100 metre down Abbey Road from the Studios!
The confusion was made even worse when the crossing received ‘listed’ status from English Heritage in 2010. Their report said
“It has been suggested that the crossing was slightly moved to the south east in the 1970s, closer to the junction with Grove End Road. However, comparison between the cover photograph and its present location suggests that it may have been moved a little to the north…”
Neither is true – the crossing is in EXACTLY the same place it ever was! Photographic evidence shows this.
Here is a recent photo of the crossing, the things to note here is the square fire hydrant at the front of the third white strip from the right.
Compare with this picture of the Beatles on Abbey Road. The fire hydrant is in the same place as the recent photo.
Another clue is the manhole cover on the left of the picture, on the pavement, just above the crossing. Here is a pic taken by Linda McCartney of the Beatles on the crossing. The manhole cover is between Paul and Ringo.
For completists, although the crossing itself hasn’t moved, the positioning of the white stripes did change for a while, only to be put back in the same position later. Here is former head of Abbey Road Studios, Ken Tounsend, on the crossing, around the late 70s/early 80s. Note in this photo the fire hydrant is not on a while stripe – but still there nonetheless, as is the manhole cover.
Read more about the Abbey Road Crossing in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London – now available in print, and on Kindle. We cross Abbey Road four days a week on my London Beatles Walks. More details at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com/
Cross Abbey Road 50 years to the minute on my special London Beatles Walk 8th August 2019. Book for the tour here (scroll through to choose the date)