Too modern to be the thoroughfare in the Matthew Fisher song?
Desolation Row, Crucifiction Lane, Memorial Drive ... and Matthew Fisher's Cold Harbour Lane (see here for a South London explanation, and here for a map: zoom in on 'A'). But there's also a transpontine thoroughfare of (approximately) the same name at Rainham, Essex, and it looks a pretty barren place, as our correspondent Brad Shaw's photographs show. See a map here (zoom in on 'A') : but did this place exist in the 1970s, when the song in question was written? BtP has not checked.
Seven reasons to visit The Lane
Show me a sign
Some long road that goes nowhere?
But how far can one go?
Is this the Cold Harbour, and do ships come home to die?
A wading figure ... or a Wicker Man?
Words from Fisher solo-albums |
Liner-note about I'll Be There