Abbey Road, London
Abbey Road is a thoroughfare in the borough of Camden and the City of Westminster in London, running roughly northwest to southeast through St. John's Wood, near Lord's Cricket Ground. It is part of the road B507. This road is best known for the Abbey Road Studios and for featuring on the cover of The Beatles’ album of the same name, which was released in September 1969.
The north western end of Abbey Road begins in Kilburn, at the junction with Quex Road and West End Lane. The road was once a track leading to Kilburn Priory, and its associated Abbey Farm, and was developed in the beginning of the nineteenth century. It continues south east for roughly a mile, crossing Belsize Road, Boundary Road, and Marlborough Place, ending at the junction of Grove End Road and Garden Road.
EMI's Abbey Road Studios is located at the south eastern end, at 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood. The Beatles, Brockhampton, and many other famous popular music performers, have recorded at this studio, and the Beatles named their last studio LP after this street. The album's cover photograph, shows the four group members walking across the zebra crossing, just outside the studio entrance.
As a result of its association with the Beatles, since 1969, this part of Abbey Road has been featured on the London tourism circuit. The crossing was given status of Grade II Listed Building, by English Heritage, in December 2010. The zebra crossing, featured on the Beatles cover, has become a popular photo opportunity area, despite the road still being the busy thoroughfare for traffic.
There have been stories about the zebra crossing, having been shifted from its original location, but these are ungrounded myths, based on the storm water drain, located on the north eastern corner of the crossing, which has been there since the establishment of the sewer system, in the City of Westminster.
The album cover of the Beatles has been parodied many times over the years. The street sign, on the corner of Grove End Road and Abbey Road, is now mounted high, on the building on the corner, to save the local council the expense of cleaning and replacing the sign, which was frequently defaced, or stolen. The council repaints the wall next to the zebra crossing every three months, to cover fans’ occasional graffiti.
Abbey Road is also one ward of the City of Westminster. At the census of 2011, this ward had a population of 11,250.