Dylan Thomas Writing Shed - Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
N 51° 46.307 W 004° 27.419
30U E 399472 N 5736659
Quick Description: Laugharne was the home of Dylan Thomas and the Boat House, with the writing shed in the garden (where he wrote Under Milk Wood) is now a Heritage Centre of World repute.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 1:53:28 PM
Waymark Code: WME0T5
"Dylan Thomas’s writing shed began its life back in the 1920s, a Dr Cowan, who spent his holidays at the boathouse, bought the shed to house his Wolsey car. He paid £75 to erect the £5 shed on cast iron pillars on the cliffside at a time when the average house price was just £200. The shed was built by Billy Williams, a carpentry apprentice at Scourfields of Meidrim, building the shed in panels. It was brought down from Meidrim by horse and cart and erected on the platform on a cliff-ledge a hundred yards from the Boat House.
When Margaret Taylor secured the Boat House for the Thomases in May 1949, the empty garage became Dylan’s ‘work shed’; an old anthracite stove, a large bookcase, and two tables were installed as part of the ‘extras’ included in purchasing the House. Writing to thank Margaret Taylor for her generosity Dylan declared "All I write in this water and tree room on the cliff, every word will be a thanks to you."
From the Parlour you look out on the landscape from which Dylan drew so much of his inspiration. You can literally see the sources of his poetry.
You can also see most of the world he knew. Across the river, just over the horizon, stand Blaen Cwm, Llansteffan and Fern Hill, the farm that has become a symbol of childhood innocence and of the inexorable march of time. On the far horizon, lie the Gower Peninsula and Worms Head where Dylan set one of his most powerful short stories ‘Who Do You Wish Was With Us?’ In front of you lies Sir John’s Hill, the inspiration for one of his most magnificent poems. To the right lies Laugharne, with his parents, the pubs and with the road that took him away from his inspiration, and yet always brought him back."
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