Bolan’s Rock Shrine memorial

The rock shrine is a memorial site dedicated to Marc Bolan, located in the suburb of Barnes to the south west of London.

Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday. He was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT (registration FOX 661L) driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square. The speeding car lost control and struck a Sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London. Bolan died instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw and spent a short time in hospital. Neither were wearing seat belts. Bolan's home, which was less than a mile away at 142 Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, was immediately looted.

From the very day of the accident the site became a place of pilgrimage to Bolan fans and this was reported in newspapers from 1979 onwards.

In 2003 Rolan Bolan, Marcs son, unveiled a Bronze Bust of his father at the site to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his father's death.

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