Tuesday 26 January 2016

The childhood home of Beatles’ Ringo Starr, which is owned by Plus Dane Housing, is to go under the hammer

Number 10 Admiral Grove in Toxteth, where the former Beatle lived until he was 21, is up for auction after the housing association gave the okay for the sale to go-ahead.

The two-bed Victorian terrace property was a regular haunt for the Fab Four in their younger days and other well-known faces on the Merseybeat scene including the late Cilla Black. The Empress pub at the end of Admiral Grove was also famous for appearing on the front of Ringo’s first solo album, Sentimental Journey.

The property still attracts fans daily as it is part of the official Beatles Tour and Margaret Gorse, the tenant who had lived at the property for 37 years, was always happy to invite people in to have a look inside the house until her death last year.

Following her passing away, Plus Dane made the decision to sell the house at auction on 24th March 2016.

Claire Griffiths, Plus Dane’s Executive Director of Property, said:

“Plus Dane has considered all of the options in relation to this property following the sad death of Margaret, who was a well-respected figure in the community. We felt it would be most beneficial to the community for the property to be sold as any profits made will be reinvested back into Plus Dane homes in the L8 area.”

Taking on board the concerns local residents may have, a number of restrictions have been placed on the sale of the house so it cannot become a tourist attraction or museum.

Plus Dane owns 12 properties in Admiral Grove, with the rest being a combination of other social housing and private owners.

The auction will be held at the Cavern Club on Thursday 24th March and the house has a guide price of £55,000, but auctioneers Countrywide are hoping it might attract investors with an interest in the Fab Four.

Tony Webber, Auction Surveyor, Countrywide Property Auctions, said:

“We are delighted and excited that Plus Dane Housing has chosen Countrywide to auction this property, which is such a unique part of Liverpool’s history as well as that of The Beatles.  We have auctioned properties lived in by three other members of The Beatles – John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, and we expect a high level of interest from potential buyers in the UK and internationally.  We would urge all interested parties to register their details as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.”