A familiar township of hills, streams and narrow lanes
Laugharne is full of sights that would be familiar to Dylan Thomas even today. He lived here for more than six years in total so he knew the streets, the alleys, the hills, streams and coastline. Yes, there has been modernization and change but essentially much of Dylan's township remains. There's the church where he's buried, four places he lived, the views he adored and some of the pubs where he drank. From Browns Hotel, we suggest a day's meander in his footsteps. Just stroll, linger and enjoy.
Dylan first visited Laugharne in 1934 and lived here from 1938 to 1940 then, most famously from 1949 to 1953. The 1951 UK Census, which records Dylan and Caitlin as living in the Boat House, shows the township to have just 313 private households. Around 180 of these had no piped water, 162 shared a toilet with another household and 210 had no fixed bath. The township had 1,010 residents, including the Thomases, their three children and Dylan's parents Florence and DJ.
We suggest you start your stroll at The Browns. It's where the poet was befriended by Ivy Williams who ran the place as a pub and family home. Out of the front door and in front of you is a building known as The Pelican, home to Dylan's parents in the Boat House years. To the left is historic pub the New Three Mariners and a short way down Victoria Street is Sea View on your right, home to Dylan and Caitlin from 1938-40.
Further on is Dylan's writing shed, a modest former domestic garage but now steeped in literary lore. Behind it is the Boat House where Dylan spent his last four years. From here take a path down to the foreshore beneath Laugharne Castle.
Over a little stone bridge, head up Gosport Street on your left to number 24, known as Eros. Dylan and Caitlin stayed here a year after they were married. Retrace your steps to The Grist, where pubs include the Cross House with which Dylan was familiar. Walk up Wogan Street with Castle House at the top, a 1941 retreat for Dylan and Caitlin.
Head back past Browns and walk a few hundred yards to the lychgate of St Martin's Church. Your trail can end here; the grave of Dylan and Caitlin is high in the cemetery.