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The Beatles' Zebra Crossing Protected

by Unknown // Wednesday, December 22, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The zebra crossing on featured on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road album has been given listed status.

The black and white painted strip of road in North London was immortalized when the group were photographed walking across it one after another on the cover of the band's 1969 album.

It is the first time a pedestrian crossing, or similar piece of everyday road has been given a Grade II listing, which means it is protected from being altered or moved unless approved by the local planning authority - usually with consultation from central government's English Heritage agency.

Sir Paul McCartney - one of the tw


John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, said: "This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to The Beatles, and a 10-minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage."

The photograph used on the album cover was taken by Ian Macmillan.