Eleanor Rigby Tombstone and Where Paul McCartney Met John Lennon
St. Peter’s Parish Church, Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
On July 6, 1957, Paul McCartney first met John Lennon in the church hall of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, when Lennon was playing with his group the Quarrymen. Later McCartney joined the group, which became The Beatles.
Though Paul McCartney claims it may have been just a subconscious coincidence, the churchyard contains a small cemetery that has a tombstone containing the name “Eleanor Rigby.” During their teens, McCartney and Lennon would spend time near that very location sunbathing.
Allegedly, just like the song, the real Eleanor Rigby lived a lonely life as well. Whether or not this Eleanor Rigby was indeed the inspiration for the song is debatable but her tombstone has become a landmark to Beatle fans visiting Liverpool.
Coincidently, in the same churchyard is the grave of John Lennon’s uncle, George Toogood Smith, with whom he lived with as a child.