Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine

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Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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About
Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine is Marc Bolan tragically died aged 29, just 0.9 miles from home on 16 September, 1977. The PRS erected a Memorial Stone in 1997. Two years later The Daily Mail reported the Bolan Tree would be felled by 2002. TAG formed & was given a lease & legal responsibility for the site. In 2000 built steps, fitted a Memorial Board for Tributes & saved the Bolan Tree which survived until 2015. In 2002 Rolan Bolan unveiled a Bronze Bust of his father. Three years later Memorial Plaques were fitted for Steve Peregrin Took; Steve Currie, June Bolan, Mickey Finn & Dino Dines. In 2007 the site was Officially recognised by The English Tourist Board as Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine. It has featured in many TV Programmes including BBC's 'Pagan's & Pilgrims' Episode Four: Shrines. Fans travel from around the world to visit. TAG receives no funding from those making money from Marc Bolan. TAG relies on donations & profit from fund-raisers to maintain the site & our free-to-all website.
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benfleetlady
Benfleet, UK745 contributions
Worth the trip
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were in Putney for a gig at The Half Moon pub and had a couple of hours to spare in the afternoon. Prior research showed that the memorial was a 15 minute bus ride from our hotel and although it was wet and windy due to storm Dennis, we set off. We boarded a bus on Putney Bridge to Barnes station at which point Google maps told us it was a 10 minute walk to the memorial. We walked to the junction at the bottom and back up a parallel road and sure enough there it was however, we could gave descended a set of steps behind the bus stop crossed a small common and got there much quicker.

Anyway, with the atrocious weather we were the only two people there. My friend is the T Rex fan but I found the site very tidy and respectful. The poems and thoughts of fans from across the world were very inspiring I thought, and the mementos left by them including a small white swan and a T Rex statue together with wind chimes hanging from the trees had their love for Marc shining through.

As I said I would not class myself as a fan, I only know the really famous T Rex singles, but I am glad I went and paid my respects to this 1970s glam rock icon.
Written February 21, 2020
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Michelle W
Manchester, UK3 contributions
Felt like a rite of passage!
Aug 2019
After taking my Dad to Golders Green I kept this part of the journey a 'secret'. The journey for me was stressful as my sat-nav couldn't cope. Not with the post code for the shrine, that was fine and from the road if you approach from the left, you can see it then you see Gipsy Lane and turn right. Take another right and you are on a private road down to the shrine. I was worried about being confronted on this private road (it's not a particularly big road) but we weren't. We were alone and I left my car there. I don't know if there is residential parking nearby. The traffic on the B306 is quite crazy! I can imagine it being dangerous with people climbing over the barrier to take pictures from the other side of the road.
After a couple of minutes the gravity of where we were had set in. It actually felt like a spiritual place and like I was intruding! I had read a few reviews and heard people's complaints and I don't know what people expect! If you are a fan you will love this experience and if you are not then it won't be for you! It is exposed to the elements and yes pictures fade but to have it in the 'state' that it is in is far better than to not have it all. The people who installed it and maintain it are amazing and yes I can imagine the locals don't like it but it's important and to have it recognised as a tourist attraction is testament to that. I'm so glad I came to this place but more importantly that I got to be there with my dad. If you are not local, it is worth a trip to Golders Green cemetary too but don't take a dog with you as they are not allowed in.
Written August 26, 2019
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Amy Bonaduce
Seattle, WA42 contributions
If you loved Marc Bolan, you will appreciate this site.
Jul 2019 • Solo
It took an hour via Uber from Soho -- it's not really that far, but traffic is nuts. The driver was super confused about where the shrine was, so just keep an eye out for the distinct striped traffic barrier and know that it's on the other side. It's best to walk back to it on foot. His last home is less than a mile away, but there's not much to see there. It's a touching tribute, lovingly maintained by fans. Check out my blog for more detailed info and also other tips on rock history in London. Link in bio!
Written July 27, 2019
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Cathy R
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After all these years... paid my respects to Marc Bolan... very moving. GO!
Jul 2019 • Friends
My friend Ian had visited the Rock Shrine last year and vowed to take me there as he knew how much l had always wanted to pay my respects to Marc myself, we both so loved his music in the 70s. We finally made the trip together this week. It was not a disappointment, far from it. I found it quite emotional to be there at the actual spot of his fatal accident. I was surprised at how much it brought back the shock and emotion at the time after hearing about his death and watching the footage of his funeral. It was nice to see the shrine, the notice board with memorabilia placed on/amongst it. The steps made it easy to access it too ... even on a wet day. I was only disappointed in that there were no fresh floral tributes... just a few artificial garlands, however that could just have been the time we chose to visit plus sadly there is nowhere nearby to buy flowers. The Rock Shrine was easy to find if you know where it is, just a short walk from Barnes Railway Station. I will definitely visit again, with fresh flowers and memorabilia l want to lay in tribute. (I may also take a duster and a bag to clean and collect rubbish from the steps etc where it collects, but hey that's me!) We thoroughly enjoyed visiting and paying our respects to Marc, it really was a special moment in my life to go there, l had waited years to do it and am so happy l did go. Respect to Marc, his Fan Association and those who takes care of the site, if l lived nearer l would help look after it!) So pleased this tribute to Marc has been created. We went on to Golders Green Crematorium and laid our flowers there for Marc. The Swan seat and plaques there are lovely tribute to Marc as well. All well worthwhile visiting from anywhere.. in our case Buckinghamshire! I hope you enjoy your visit to the site as much as we did - all be it emotional one. HOT LOVE to everyone concerned! Cathy Reevell.
Written July 20, 2019
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Sharon D
London, UK426 contributions
Well worth a trip for 70’s music lovers
Dec 2017 • Couples
Very moving to read all the tributes
Marc Bolan was one of my favourites

If you are near Richmond it Putney it is worth a trip
Written December 30, 2017
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Castril De La Pena, Spain17,087 contributions
Tasteful and moving
Sep 2017 • Solo
Yes the photos get faded in the sun and the feathers blow away in the wind, but nevertheless this is a place of pilgrimage to remember yet another of our musicians who died young.

I live just around the corner, I never was particularly a Bolan fan but I would always want this site preserved for posterity. Today (16 September 2017) is the 40th anniversary of the crash and I shall be visiting.
Written September 15, 2017
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TANX for your review. Whatever we do we get criticised. If we take away faded tributes the people who leave them are not happy. If we leave them in place as long as something can be seen, then we are criticised for the site being 'dirty'. We try to work in the middle. And at this time of year, falling leaves build up every day so unless we visited every day there will always be leaves. Laser Love, Fee TAG Founder and Secretary XX
Written October 30, 2017
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tabithaj4555
Greater London, UK1 contribution
Dirty place
Mar 2017 • Couples
My aunt lives near here and is upset at the mess. It should be cleaned more often. Who is responsible, nobody knows......
Written May 30, 2017
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There is a plaque on the far right of the top step with our web address. There is a conditions of entry which also shows our web address. If you Google the name of the person who paid for the Bronze Bust, you will also very easily be able to get in touch with us. We visit as often as possible. However, we are not responsible for unthinking people (fans or not) who take food and drink and think it is OK to eat/drink then leave the litter at the site. Perhaps your aunt can take a carrier and pick up the litter which is bothering her so much. If we received more donations we would be able to care for the site better. Sadly on the 16th September, we met several hundred fans and received ONE donation.
Written October 30, 2017
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WellTraveledEthiopia
England, UK298 contributions
T-Rex Fan
Mar 2017 • Solo
found out about this through Trip Advisor, Staying just around the corner so visited the shrine yesterday. I think only true fans will make this journey as there is a bust of Marc Bolan and a headstone. There is a board where fading pictures are tacked on making the site a bit tacky and plastic flowers are strewn about. I made it as he was and still is a great performer to me.
Written March 25, 2017
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Tiffycat9
15 contributions
Disappointing unless you are a true fan
Jan 2017 • Friends
On the corner of Gypsy Lane, the shrine has been added to and updated over the years. There is now a headstone and a little info about him. But blink and you will have missed it. Only for the really hardcore fan unless you like Pokemon Go - there is a gym there!
Written January 4, 2017
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James S
London, UK46 contributions
Pay your respects to a rock legend
Jan 2016 • Solo
I listened to T-Rex a lot as a teenager but never knew about this shrine until a friend moved to Gipsy Lane in Barnes.

The site itself is just off Queen's Ride (just after the bridge and the junction with Gipsy Lane) at the location where T-Rex lead singer Marc Bolan tragically died in a car crash on 16th September 1977.

There is a bust of Bolan that marked the 25th anniversary of his death and fans usually leave feather boas, candles, photos and other tributes.

If you are or were a T-Rex fan, it's a nice quiet spot to pay your respects. It's just a short walk from Barnes station.
Written February 18, 2016
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