The original Strawberry Field that inspired John Lennon’s classic Beatles song was a living space for children through the Salvation Army — and though the building was razed in the 1970s, its legacy lives on.
And, through a new program instilled by the Salvation Army, Beatles fans are now given the opportunity to help fund an attraction and learning center to be built on the land. Among the options for purchase in exchange for donations is a limited number of bricks that were part of the original facility — no doubt a rather neat slice of Beatles memorabilia for hardcore collectors interested in furthering the cause.
Per the website:
The visitor experience will tell the story of The Salvation Army, the children’s home that once stood here, and the part that Strawberry Field played in the life of John Lennon and the Beatles. We will create a new training and work placement hub for young people with learning disabilities, where they can learn skills, gain work experience, grow in confidence and achieve.
And information regarding the bricks, which will be limited to just 2,500 pieces and cost £75.
Own a piece of the original Victorian Strawberry Field – the building John Lennon would have seen as a child whilst playing in its gardens
The bricks have been recovered from the original Victorian Salvation Army children’s home.
The bricks have been cleaned and prepared, but only enough to get the dirt off. We wanted them to be original.
Each brick will be presented in an outer box and will be numbered and embossed with a hologram.
The money raised from the sale of these bricks will be used to help build a new Strawberry Field.
Strawberry Field will become a beacon of hope for young adults with learning disabilities in Liverpool and Merseyside. It will be a hub where these young adults through training, coaching and work placements will be better equipped to seek employment and make a specific contribution to the community.
There’s much more information available at the official site, so click here to check it out and make a donation, if you so choose.