Beatles landmark registered

The iconic zebra crossing at Abbey Road has been awarded Grade II listed status.

It's one of rock's most recognisable sights. The zebra crossing outside of the Abbey Road studio has entered folklore, becoming a tourist draw for countless fans around the world in its own right.

Of course, The Beatles are to blame. The Fab Four are pictured walking across the zebra crossing on the cover of their 1969 album 'Abbey Road' with the photograph being much imitated.

Everyday hundreds of fans make the pilgrimage to Abbey Road, often leaving graffiti on the front wall. As well as The Beatles, everyone from Glenn Miller to The Zombies have recorded seminal material there.

Now given Grade II listed status, the zebra crossing has been officially recognised as a nationally important monument and as a result has increased protection.

In a statement Paul McCartney said that the news was "the icing on the cake" of a "great year" for him.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for English Heritage explained: "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."

Some fans have speculated that the Abbey Road crossing has been moved since the fateful photo shoot. It is claimed that the zebra crossing was re-painted slightly south-east or further North of its original position.

English Heritage could no comment on the claims.

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