While the other Beatles were planning moves to the stockbroker belt in England’s Home Counties, Paul McCartney decided to remain in the capital city. On this day he bought a house at 7 Cavendish Avenue in St John’s Wood, London.
The three-storey Regency townhouse was purchased from a physician named Desmond O’Neill for £40,000. A short walk to EMI Studios on Abbey Road, it often functioned as a base for the group for meetings before or after they were recording.
McCartney moved in in March 1966, after he had made renovations and installed a sizeable gate and intercom system to ensure his privacy. The location was swiftly discovered by Beatles fans, however, several of whom kept a vigil at all hours and on occasion found their way inside.