Laugharne ( _cy. Talacharn) is a
townin Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the estuaryof the River Tâf. It is known for having been the home of Dylan Thomasfrom 1949 until his death in 1953, and is thought to have been an inspiration for the fictional town of Llareggubin " Under Milk Wood". Laugharne Corporation is an almost unique institution, and the last surviving mediævalcorporation in the United Kingdom. The Corporation was established in 1291 by Sir Guy de Brian, a Marcher Lord. The Corporation is presided over by the Portreeve, wearing his traditional chain of gold cockleshells, the Aldermen, and the body of Burgesses. Courts are held on a regular basis, where administration of the common fields is dealt with. The Laugharne open field systemis one of only two surviving and still in use today in Britain.
Customs associated with the Corporation include the Common walk, held every three years. This event is attended by most of the young and firm local population, their number swelled by many visitors. The local
pubs open at approx 5.00 in the morning, and following a liquid breakfast the throng commence a trek of some 25 miles around the boundaries of the Corporation lands. At significant historical landmarks a victim is selected to name the place. If they cannot answer, they are hoisted upside down and ceremonially beaten three times on the rear.
The cockle industry was once a significant part of the Laugharne economy, and the well-established
picklingfirm Parsons have their origins in Laugharne.
The Laugharne accent is interesting, sounding like a mix of
Devonwith Carmarthenshire Welsh. Many local words and phrases are archaic: e.g. "How art thee maid?". Laugharne is at the eastern end of the south Wales Englishry and only a minority of its inhabitants have ever spoken Welsh. The language boundary lies a few miles north of Laugharne.
Attractions in the town include the 12th-century
Laugharne Castle, the town halland the birdlifeof the estuary.
Neil Morrisseyconsiders the village his second home, and his love of Dylan Thomas led to him and his business partner Matt Roberts buying up numerous properties in the village, including the Hurst Hotel, the New Three Mariners pub and Brown's Hotel in April 2004 for £670,000 [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/3644309.stm BBC NEWS | Wales | South West Wales | Morrissey buys Dylan Thomas' local ] ] . In October 2006 it was announced that Morrisey had put Brown's Hotel on the market in order to finance the redevelopment of the Hurst Hotel, and expansion of the private members' club, Hurst House in Covent Garden, London.
Great War, over 300 men and women of Laugharne and her surrounding villages volunteered to fight in His Majesty’s Forces, 54 of these lost their lives. They are buried or commemorated all over the world, from Belgium to India. This was the ‘War to end all Wars’, and it was thought that mankind would never again be so idiotic as to commit her sons to this slaughter again, but as we all know, the sons of these men were again to fight in World War II, and the area lost another 20 sons. These men, alongside their compatriots from Carmarthenshire are remembered in perpetuity on the website [http://www.laugharnewarmemorial.co.uk Carmarthenshire War Memorials]
The Laugharne Weekend
In 2007, Laugharne hosted a three day literary festival - The Laurgharne Weekend - intended as an annual event, and featuring writers such as
Niall Griffithsand Patrick McCabe.
The 2008 event was headlined by
Will Self, Howard Marksand Patti Smith. Although the town's Millennium Hall was used as the main venue, smaller events were hosted by local venues including Dylan Thomas' Boathouse. [ [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/johnwilliams/lineup.html Laugharne Weekend] website]
The Laugharne Corporation now has its own official web site which gives more details about the town and can be found by visiting http://www.laugharne.info
* [http://www.laugharne.info Laugharne - history, where to go, what to do]
* [http://www.laugharne.co.uk Laugharne online]
* [http://www.dylanthomasboathouse.com Dylan Thomas Boathouse]
* [http://www.geocities.com/laugharne63/ History]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CMN/Laugharne/ Laugharne on Genuki]
* [http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/blowup1/11273 Aerial photograph of Laugharne]
* [http://www.lacc.org.uk Laugharne Cricket Club]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2737734 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Laugharne and surrounding area]
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