Set in a cliff overlooking the glorious, 'heron
priested' Taf Estuary the Boathouse offers a fascinating visit including
memorabilia, interpretation, bookshop and tea-room.
Dylan and Laugharne
'And some, like myself, just came, one day, for
the day, and never left; got off the bus, and forgot to get on again'.
(Dylan Thomas on Laugharne, taken from Quite Early One Morning).
Dylan Thomas' had a long term affinity with Laugharne ever since
he visited with the poet Glyn Jones in 1934, by 1938 he lived in
"Eros" in Gosport Street, then to "Sea View"
until 1940. Dylan led a very peripatetic existence and urgently
wished to settle down, his move to the Boathouse in 1949 was made
possible by the remarkable patronage of Margaret Taylor who bought
the house for the Thomases so that Dylan could once again be in
his beloved Wales. It was the Boathouse 'sea shaken
on a breakneck of rocks' and the unique character of Laugharne itself
that combined to act as a catalyst for some of his most celebrated
works. The fictitious Llareggub of Under Milk Wood. written in Laugharne
was confirmed by his widow, Caitlin, in her autobiography, as being
based on the Township.
Thomas recollection of Christmas Day at the Boathouse
"In the grate hung huge swathes of holly, singed at the edges,
and red berries peeped from behind jugs and plates on the sideboard.."
Dylan Thomas' daughter, Aeronwy Thomas has written a recollection
of a Christmas Day at the Boathouse for use during the 50th Anniversary
celebrations of her fathers death.
READ Laugharne - Dylan Thomas last radio broadcast
Laugharne by Dylan Thomas pdf