The Beatles’ Abbey Road zebra crossing awarded Grade II listed status

It's the first time a crossing has been given such an honour

The Abbey Road zebra crossing in London, made famous by The Beatles on the cover of their 1969 album of the same name, has been given listed status by Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose.

The crossing, which has long been a site of pilgrimage for Beatles fans, has been given a Grade II listing. The status means it’s officially recognised as a nationally important monument and has increased protection. It is the first time such an honour has been given to a zebra crossing.

Paul McCartney called the listing “the icing on the cake” of a “great year” for him.

Penrose said: “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to The Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.”

It has been suggested that the Abbey Road crossing has been moved either slightly south-east or further north of its original position, although English Heritage, who advised Penrose on the listing process, are unable to confirm this.

Abbey Road studios were listed in February.