Tittenhurst Park

This Tittenhurst Park blog is dedicated to John Lennon's home in Sunningdale, near Ascot, Berkshire between 1969 and 1971. The aim is to gather as much material relating to the estate as possible - obviously with the emphasis on the Lennon-era, but also concerning Tittenhurst Park as it was before and after John Lennon's ownership. In addition, there will be posts about and associated with the Beatles, plus any other rubbish I feel like. The blog is purely meant for the entertainment of anyone (assuming there is actually anyone) who, like me, has an unhealthy interest in one particular Georgian mansion. Those with anything interesting to contribute in the way of links, photos, scans, stories etc. please do contact me: tittenhurstlennon@gmail.com
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono: 105 Bank Street, Greenwich Village, New York City

Between 1971 and 1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived at 105 Bank Street, Greenwich Village, New York City. On the 16th October 1971, John and Yoko moved to this Greenwich Village loft, renting it from Jerry Butler of the Lovin’ Spoonful. It had two large rooms and a wrought-iron staircase which led up to a small roof garden. Their neighbours at the time included John Cage, Bob Dylan and Jerry Rubin. With the release of the Imagine album returning Lennon to a commercial pedestal, John then made a 180-degree turn in recording a highly provocative and contentious set of tracks together with Yoko and New York band Elephant's Memory, the resulting Some Time In New York City album was both a critical and commercial disaster. Under surveillance of the FBI, the threat of deportation, the failure to conceive a healthy child and the continuing heart-ache over the search for Yoko's daughter Kyoko, John & Yoko reportedly descended back into heroin addiction. One visitor to Bank Street recalled finding John sat with a typewriter tapping "I love sucking on Yoko's pussy" over and over, yet the pressures were about to test their relationship as never before. On the night of the Republican President Richard Nixon's re-election at the close of 1972, John felt hopeless enough to engage in a one-off sexual encounter with a woman at a friends party, the noise of which could be heard by the guests in the adjoining room - including Yoko. Although the full consequences of the election night folly were not immediately apparent, it would prove to be a very significant factor in their eventual decision to embark on a trial separation.

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