Filming: Strawberry Fields Forever Promo

On January 30th 1967, the Beatles began work on a promotional film for their forthcoming single Strawberry Fields Forever; a song written by John Lennon in 1966 while filming How I Won the War in Spain.

Filming took place at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent. Both this and the Penny Lane promo film were directed by Peter Goldmann; a Swedish television director who was recommended to The Beatles by their close friend Klaus Voormann. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon with the Mr. Kite poster, 1971.

John Lennon with the Mr. Kite poster, 1971.

Circus poster

During the second day of filming on January 31st, Lennon purchased a circus poster from an antique store in Surrey.

The poster was from 1843 advertising Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal appearance at Rochdale, which provided Lennon with most of the lyrics for the song.

The name of the horse in the poster is Zanthus, which John changed to Henry.

The Beatles began recording John's new song the following month on February 17th 1967. 

Top of the Pops

On February 16th 1967 the Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane promo films were broadcast on Top of the Pops to promote the Beatles' forthcoming single.

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Ringo Starr filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Ringo Starr filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

George Harrison filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

George Harrison filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

John Lennon filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967. 

The Beatles filming Strawberry Fields Forever, January 30th 1967.