Filming: Strawberry Fields Forever

The second day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional clip took place on this day at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent.

On the previous day The Beatles had intended to film a sequence in which Paul McCartney dropped down from a dead oak tree, but poor light meant it was not possible. That sequence, and several others, was filmed on this day.

In the final edit, the sequence was reversed so it looked as though McCartney leaped into the tree. The planned sequence involved him jumping from the tree and running backwards towards a piano.

The director of both the Strawberry Fields Forever and the ‘Penny Lane’ clips was Peter Goldmann. The latter promo was filmed from 5 February 1967.

During a break in the filming John Lennon bought a circus poster dating from 1843 in an antique shop. The poster, which advertised a circus in Rochdale, subsequently provided the inspiration for ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’ on the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

John Lennon with the Mr Kite poster, 1967

Last updated: 14 November 2022
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