Abbey Road given listed status
The historic Abbey Road studios, which played their part in famed recordings from Elgar to The Beatles, have been given listed building status.
The north London complex, recently the subject of unfounded speculation that they may be sold off, has been given Grade II status, mainly in recognition of its key role in some of the most famous and influential albums of all time.
Abbey Road was the home for almost all Beatles recordings including the groundbreaking Revolver, as well as their final recordings which were named after the studio and featured a sleeve of the band crossing the street outside.
Other notable recordings included Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
Culture Minister Margaret Hodge listed the venue on the advice of English Heritage. She said: "Music - of whichever genre - is the thread that follows us through all our lives and Abbey Road Studios have produced some of the very best music in the world.
"It's a testament to both the importance of music in people's lives as well as the passion this kind of issue stirs up, that so much interest has been generated by the perceived threat to the future of Abbey Road."
Last week figures such as Sir Paul McCartney voiced their concern that EMI was reported to be hoping to sell the studios, while Andrew Lloyd Webber expressed an interest in buying the complex.
However, EMI later said it did not want to put the property up for sale.