Strawberry Field

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Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children's home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, England.

The earliest reference to 'Strawberry Field' dates to 1870. In 1912 it was transferred to a wealthy merchant whose widow sold the estate to The Salvation Army in 1934. It opened on 7 July 1936. The original house was later demolished and replaced with a smaller purpose-built home for children which was officially opened on 11.7.1973.[clarification needed] This home provided three family units, each accommodating 12 children. It closed in early January 2005 and is now a church and prayer centre. The famous gates marking its entrance still stand.[1]

The name of the home became world famous in 1967, with the release of The Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever", written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Lennon grew up near the home - one of his childhood treats was the garden party that took place each summer in the grounds of Strawberry Field. Lennon's Aunt Mimi recalled: "As soon as we could hear The Salvation Army Band starting, John would jump up and down shouting, 'Mimi, come on. We're going to be late.'"[2]. The wooded area behind the building, which Lennon nicknamed in the plural, "Strawberry Fields",[3] was where he and his childhood friends, Pete Shotton and Ivan Vaughan often played. It was said that this place inspired Lennon to be a musician.

The Strawberry Field sign was adapted by the UK band Straw as their logo for 2 years (1998–99).[citation needed]

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