Eliot visited Cricklewood in 1911, and this quotation comes from a letter to Eleanor Hinkley (26 April). Here's the bit you're interested in:
'I made a pilgrimage to Cricklewood. "Where _is_ Cricklewood" said an austere Englishman at the hotel. I produced a map and pointed to the silent evidence that Cricklewood exists. He pondered. "But why go to Cricklewood?" he flashed out at length. Here I was triumphant. "There is no reason!" I said. He had no more to say. But he _was_ relieved (I am sure) when he found taht I was American. He felt no longer responsible. But Cricklewood is mine. I discovered it. No one will go there again. It is like the sunker town in the fairy story [Germelshausen by Gerstacker], that rose just every May-day eve, and lived for an hour,and only one man saw it.*' (Letters 18-19)
'*_Note explanatory_: I suggest that if the Sayward family were English--well, they might live in Cricklewood.' (Letters 19)
Hope this helps toward answering your question. By the way, did the program decide once and for all if Cricklewood exists?
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(back after some time away)
I was watching a program about the history of London
over the weekend, and they had an Eliot quote about
how he found cricklewood, and how no-one shall ever
find it again.
I really want to get hold of wherever this came from,
but I cant find it ^anywhere^.
Could someone tell me where I could find it, or at
least if it came from a diary or an essay or something
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