Abbey Road zebra crossing preserved in asphalt as well as vinyl

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The north-west London zebra crossing traversed by the Beatles one bright morning 41 years ago - and visited by musical pilgrims ever since - has has been granted Grade II listing.

The heritage minister John Penrose took the unusual decision to protect the crossing, which provided the cover shot for Abbey Road album, following advice from English Heritage.

Although the listing is the first of its kind, the Abbey Road studios where the 1969 album was recorded, won similar recognition this February....

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