Did You See The Beatles?

Help! We need somebody to tell us about the Beatles when they came to Chiswick House & Gardens.

When you were younger, so much younger than today... on May 20th, 1966 did you race down to Chiswick House grounds to see the Beatles film promos for Paperback Writer and Rain?

If so, the Trust would love to hear from you for the archives and to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the visit of the four most famous people on the planet at that time.

The legendary Chiswick House clips, forerunners of today’s ubiquitous music videos, show the Beatles miming to the songs in and around the 19th century Conservatory  and the 18th century gardens.

“The idea was that we'd use them in America as well as the UK, because we thought, 'We can't go everywhere. We're stopping touring and we'll send these films out to promote the record." “These days obviously everybody does that - it's part of the promotion for a single - so I suppose, in a way, we invented MTV.” George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology.

Footage of the films shows masses of presumably uninvited 'extras', children playing on the tree behind the band, schoolchildren in maroon uniform outside the conservatory, and students crammed against a gate trying to get a peak of the Fab Four who had taken refuge against the hordes of fans in the walled garden.

Do you know who they were? Were you there? If so, please email any anecdotes or pictures you may have of the day to archive@chgt.org.uk putting 'Beatles Memories' in the subject field.
Image of George Harrison from the Beatles at Chiswick House in 1966
Photos reproduced courtesy of the Whitaker Estate,

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