In a previous blog post, I wrote about Pendine Sands in Wales where land speed records were challenged and broken and moving on from there just a short distance up the River Taf estuary to the north is the town of Laugharne.
Laugharne was originally called Abercorran but the name was changed after the Civil War in honour of Rowland Laugharne, a Major General in the army and whose family came from the region.
Laugharne or Talacharn as it is called in Welsh is probably best known as being the place where the renowned Welsh poet Dylan Thomas lived from 1949 until his premature death at the age of thirty-eight while visiting New York in 1953. Probably his two most well known poems are the villanelle, Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night and Fern Hill.
It is thought that Laugharne was the inspiration for the fictional Welsh town of Llareggub in his famous play for voices Under Milk Wood. The name Llareuggub, which though resembles a Welsh name, is in fact bugger all spelt backwards. The double G doesn’t actually exist in Welsh.