December 23, 2010


Filed under: — George Petersen @ 6:40 pm

 abbey road album cover
By George Petersen
THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING that appeared on the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, located near London’s Abbey Road studios, has been granted a national landmark. It isn’t often that a crosswalk gets such attention, but it’s now been deemed as achieving Grade II status, which recognizes it as having “nationally important and of special interest.”
Actually, the current “zebra” crossing (called so due to its familiar striped pattern), is not in the precise actual location of the one on the record cover, as the present crosswalk is a bit farther down the street from the original locale, but it’s close enough. But certainly what is close is the number of close calls and actual injuries that result from people stopping to recreate that classic pose while friends stand in the middle of the street with their back to oncoming traffic to get the shot.

For some entertaining fun, check out this live webcam view of the famed Beatles crosswalk from Abbey Road Studio’s live video feed. Here’s the link CLICK HERE for live webcam link.

But either way, it’s certainly both a globally recognized (and oft parodied) icon as well as a major spot on most tourist itineraries. For the world’s most famous, it’s a fitting honor that’s long overdue.

>>>For an exclusive, mini-video tour inside Abbey Road Studios (hosted by Gino Robair) CLICK HERE
>>>For some historical insights into Abbey Road Studios by Mix’s Blair Jackson, CLICK HERE

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What do YOU think?


  1. Eric Seaberg:

    I had a private tour at Abbey Road, Feb. 1999. It was AWESOME to see the inside of the facility, especially since it was during the soundtrack sessions for Star Wars, Episode 1. I do have some great shots of the two ‘street-signs’ at the crosswalk. TONS of ‘graffiti’ all over them honoring the Beatles. GOOD TIMES!

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