George Harrison's Kinfauns house, Esher, to receive blue plaque

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Legendary Beatles guitarist George Harrison is to be posthumously honoured with a blue plaque on his former home Kinfauns, in Esher.

Pattie Boyd, the late musician’s first wife, who lived with him at Kinfauns from 1965 to 1970, will unveil the plaque at 6.30pm today at 16 Claremont Drive, the site of the original building.

The ‘Here Comes the Sun’ star, who died in 2001, bought the property in July 1964 for £20,000, after moving out of London to escape fans on the advice of the band’s accountant, Walter Strach.

John Lennon and Ringo Starr moved to St George’s Hill, Weybridge, for the same reason.

Fans tracked George down, though, and carved messages to him on the house’s wooden gates.

In 1967 Pattie and George painted the outside of the house with psychedelic patterns inspired by the book Tantrum Art.

Visitors to Kinfauns included Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, who came by once to find nobody home, then painting ‘Mick and Marianne were here and we love you’ on the front wall.

In 1968, after the Beatles returned from India, they recorded some demos at the house, which became known as the Kinfauns or Esher Demos.

Some of these tracks were later recorded for The White Album, which is being remixed and reissued for its 50th anniversary next year.

By: Callum Rutter

Source: Your Local Guardian


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