Where Is Tobacco Road London United Kingdom?


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Jason Schwarzmann Profile
A quick seach of Google Maps reveals there is no Tobacco Road in London, UK. However, Tobacco Road could refer to a number of other things. These are:

  • Tobacco Road, London, Kentucky, United States
  • A song written and recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960
  • A 1932 novel by Erskine Caldwell
  • The tobacco-producing area of North Carolina
Tobacco Road can be found in the town on London, in the south of Kentucky in the USA, NOT the UK. Perhaps that's where the confusion lies in the original question. Along this road can be found the London Tobacco Warehouse, and the road runs from Hal Rogers Parkway in the north to E 4th St at its southern most point.

Tobacco Road, the song written and recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960, was a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964, becoming a standard across several musical genres since. Framed originally as a folk song, "Tobacco Road" was a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in North Carolina, particularly the town of Durham. It was released on Columbia Records and was not a hit for Loudermilk, only achieving minor chart success in Australia. However, other artists immediately began recording and performing the song.

The 1932 novel, 'Tobacco Road', was written by Erskine Caldwell in 1932, about Georgian sharecroppers. Dramatized for Broadway by Jack Kirkland in 1933, it ran for an at-the-time-astounding eight years (a whopping 3,182 performances). A film version appeared in 1941, and was deliberately played mainly for laughs, the story line being considerably altered as John Ford took up direction duties.

Tobacco Road also refers to the tobacco-producing area of North Carolina. It is often used when referring to sports - particularly basketball - played among rival North Carolina university rivals. The phrase actually originated as the title of Erskine Caldwell's aforementioned 1932, but naturally migrated to North Carolina because of the primacy tobacco production in the state.
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Anonymous answered
As far as I know, there is no Tobacco Road in London. The Tobacco Road in "Only Fools and Horses" He Ain't Heavy, He's My Uncle (1991) was actually filmed at Shadwell Basin, Wapping Wall, London - very near to The Prospect of Whitby public house.

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