Abbey Road Designated Site of National Importance

The British government have officially declared the intersection at Abbey Road a site of national importance. The designation, signed on Wednesday, December 22, recognizes that Abbey Road is a symbol of British cultural tradition, worthy of preservation, upon which no major alterations may occur to the site, depending upon it’s condition, and significance, and can only be determined by local authorities. The Minister of Tourism and Heritage John Penrose issued a statement, saying “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.”

Abbey Road studios itself is approved for preservation status, as declared earlier this year.

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