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The house where the McCartneys lived in Liverpool before Paul's meteoric rise to superstardom has been purchased by the National Trust. Working from old photographs taken by Paul's brother Michael, the house has been restored to its original 1950s appearance, complete with patterned brown sofa and armchair with white linen antimacassars, where Paul and John scribbled out their first songs. The Chinese willow print wallpaper doesn't reach the corners because the family was too poor to buy enough. Hardly Graceland, it does give an insight into the humble beginnings of one of the world's most famous and influential entertainers. The house is open to the public only through guided tours organized by the National Trust. Four tours depart Wednesday to Sunday at 10:30 and 11:20am from the Conservation Centre at Whitechapel, and at 2:15 and 3:55pm from Speke Hall, the Walk. Groups are limited to 14 people at any one time. Book well in advance.