Lovers' lane

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For other uses, see Lovers Lane.

A Lovers' lane is a secluded area where people kiss, make out, or more rarely, engage in sexual activity. These areas range from parking lots in secluded rural areas to places with extraordinary views of a cityscape or other feature.

"Lovers' lanes" are typically found in cultures built around the automobile—lovers often make out in a car or van for privacy.

Lovers' lanes have existed for centuries, sometimes as places for secret meetings with a loved one or as a euphemism for red-light districts and other areas of prostitution.[citation needed]


Road sign for Love Lane in Marldon, Devon, United Kingdom.

There are several streets called Lovers Lane, including those at Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Kersey, Pennsylvania; Boonville, New York; Greenfield, Massachusetts; Southborough, Massachusetts; Northfield, Vermont; Riverton, Utah, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Portage, Michigan; Excelsior Springs, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Charlestown, New Hampshire; Sugar Hill, New Hampshire; Princeton, New Jersey; Slatington, Pennsylvania; Adliya, Bahrain; Dallas, Texas; Ravenna Township, Portage County, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Ancaster, Ontario, Canada; Newark-on-Trent; Ludham (both in England) and Texarkana, Texas.

The bowdlerised version Love Lane is sometimes seen.


Many criminals take advantage of people engaging in kissing or any type of sexual contact, as those people are bound to be caught off-guard from a variety of criminals.[citation needed] Metropolitan Los Angeles is an area often associated with this type of crime.[citation needed]

In 1963, a lovers' lane site at Fuller's Bridge, Sydney became notorious as the location of the bodies of CSIRO scientist Dr. Gilbert Stanley Bogle and Mrs. Margaret Olive Chandler, the wife of one of his colleagues. The cause of death, while indicative of poisoning, couldn't be definitively determined, and apart from Mrs. Chandler's husband, Geoffrey, who was considered the prime suspect by the New South Wales Police, no one to-date has been charged. The Bogle-Chandler case has baffled law enforcement and forensic experts up to present day.

Several of the Zodiac Killer's victims were murdered in lovers' lanes in northern California.

Several attacks perpetrated by the Son of Sam serial killer also took place in such settings.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Born to Kill, Documentary Series