Monday 30 August 2021



John Lennon lived there in the 1970s.

A huge country mansion in the affluent village of Sunningdale once housed not one but two of the greatest musicians ever to come out of the UK.

The home is Tittenhurst Park, which was bought in the summer of 1969 by John Lennon, who lived there with Yoko Ono.

They lived in the posh village for two years until the summer of August 1971.

Then, John sold the building on to Ringo Starr.

Ringo and his family lived there from 1973 until the late 1980s.

Once Ringo moved on, it was snapped up by the gloriously named Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was the ruler of Abu Dhabi for more than 30 years and had Tittenhurst Park as his English home.

The building dates back to 1737 and was originally owned by Thomas Holloway, who is the founder of Royal Holloway in London.

The park also once had a magnificent collection of rhododendron, put together by another of its owners, Thomas Hermann Lowinsky in the late 19th century.

John bought the mansion for £145,000 - a sum of money which would be seen as a deposit on some of the homes in the village nowadays.

It was a lot in the late 1960s and John and his wife spent more than double what they paid on renovating the building - which included a "man-made lake", dug without planning permission.

The grand home was the scene of the last ever Beatles photoshoot in August 1969:


Following the band's split, John had a recording studio built in the home, where he and Ono recorded their solo records in 1971.

The mansion was made a Grade II listed building in March 1972.

Once Ringo took over, he opened up the studio to other artists, and Judas Priest's classic British Steel album was recorded there.

The Sheik paid £5 million for the home and would subsequently buy the nearby Ascot Place in 1990, which he still owns today.

More renovations took place and a lot of recordings from the studio and paintings by Lennon on the walls were destroyed.

A three-metre wall was also built guarding the property.
The Sheik died in 2004.

It is understood the home remains in the family and is used on occasions when the members are attending events like Royal Ascot.


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