As Chairman of the Victorian Society in the 1960s, Pevsner issued frequent invitations to membership. One was to John Lennon. ‘From your book and otherwise,’ wrote Pevsner on 8 March 1965, ‘I have a strong feeling that you would make an ideal member of the Victorian Society.’ Quite why he thought the Beatle would be interested is not clear. It can’t have been the Windsor ‘granny’ glasses, because Lennon wore these for the first time in 1966, nor the song (Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite’) based on a Victorian circus poster, because that only appeared on the Sergeant Pepper album in 1967. Any thoughts on the inspiration that Pevsner might have found in In His Own Write would be welcome.