Dylan Thomas (1914 –1953) the poet lived at the nearby Boathouse and wrote in this cliff-top writing shed with spectacular views of the sleepy seaside town of Laugharne on the sandy fringes of Carmarthen Bay.
The Boathouse and Writing Shed is now a popular tourist attraction undergoing refurbishment in 2003 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s death. Dylan in buried in the grounds of St Martin's Church in Laugharne
The 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 cliff-side 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. In 1949 the Boat House was secured for Dylan and his family by Margaret Taylor. The empty garage became the work shed where an old anthracite stove, bookcase, and two tables were installed. 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."
Invariably Dylan would retreat to this writing shed between 2pm and 7pm daily for an intensive five hour stretch of work.
It’s not difficult to get a sense of what inspired Dylan. Laugharne has a placid, timeless charm - helped along by sand, sea and this outstanding view from his writing shed.