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Organisation already owns other Beatles' sites, including childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon

The entrance to Abbey Road studios in London, where the Beatles recorded many of their best known songs

The National Trust has come forward as a possible buyer for Abbey Road studios, the birthplace of most of the Beatles' records, which is under threat of sale by its owners EMI.

Paul McCartney said earlier this week that he hoped a bid would come together to save the London landmark, and today the National Trust revealed its name might be in the frame."We are open to the idea of buying the property," said a Trust spokeswoman.

"We just need to canvas opinion first to see what the public wants us to do.

"We already own the house Paul McCartney grew up in [20 Forthlin Road in Allerton, Liverpool], and John Lennon's too, so it wouldn't be out of place for us to own Abbey Road as well."

No one from EMI would comment on the sale, but a well-placed source said the record giant had received a number of unsolicited offers for Abbey Road, and was open to selling the property. "It is not an integral part of the business," said the source.

The National Trust has been "overwhelmed" with calls from the public ever since Chris Evans floated the idea of it buying Abbey Road on his Radio 2 breakfast show this morning, the organisation said in a press release.

"It is not often that the public spontaneously suggests we should acquire a famous building. However, Abbey Road recording studios appear to be very dear to the nation's heart to the extent that we will take soundings as to whether a campaign is desirable or even feasible," it said.

The charity will also ask leading musicians who have used the studios to see if there is enough momentum to launch a "full-blown Save Abbey Road Campaign", it added.

Evans discussed buying Abbey Road himself on his Radio 2 blog today. In a post entitled "Who Wouldn't Want To Stay at the Fab Four Seasons ?", Evans said: "If I was a gazillionaire, like I used to be, I wouldn't think twice about snapping it up. This is a must buy, must have - the ultimate in Beatles memorabilia.

"O2 - where are you? Richard Caring - woohoo? Macca - calling you, too? Branson - come on son? Sir Philip Green - you have to be seen!!!

"Guys – seriously this could be a bargain and a lifetime of brownie points."

The Guardian called Caring, McCartney, Branson and Green, but none were available for comment.

Speaking on BBC's Newsnight last night, McCartney seemed hopeful the studio would be saved.

"There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it. I sympathise with them. I hope they can do something, it'd be great. I have got so many memories there with the Beatles," he said.

EMI bought the house at 3 Abbey Road for £100,000 in 1929 and transformed it into the world's first custom-built recording studios. No price has been put on the building in the affluent St John's Wood district of north London but there has been speculation that it could be worth somewhere between £10m and £30m.

The studio has been used by everyone from Sir Edward Elgar to Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Blur. But it is the Beatles who really made the studios famous. The vast majority of their recordings between 1962 and 1969 were made there and they named their final album Abbey Road. For the past 40 years, Beatles fans have flocked to the street to recreate the album cover by walking across the zebra crossing outside the studio.


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