General view of 'Mendips', the childhood home of former Beatle, John Lennon in Liverpool. The home where John Lennon grew up and wrote some of the early Beatles hits was officially opened to the public by his widow, Yoko Ono. * Ono bought her husband's childhood home, Mendips, last year after its previous owner died. She donated it to the National Trust to be preserved for the public and it has since been restored to the way it would have looked when Lennon lived there with his Aunt Mimi from the age of five to 23. Today, she officially opened the semi-detached house on Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, to the public.