|Laugharne is my favourite place in South (west) Wales where
for an hour or two, the clock is turned back a few decades. It is
charming, pretty and atmospheric as well as being quaint and quintessentially
the home of one Dylan Thomas, poet and writer of that Parish.
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Enjoyed looking at your site and reading and
looking at your photos on Laugharne. We are researching our ancestry at
the moment and find that our name Hitchings goes back to Laugharne over
a long period of time. They lived near the Browns pub and I notice that
one of your subscribers to Laugharne on your website lived in this pub.
His name is Chris Williams. It would be really interesting if we could
contact him If it would be possible to forward his email ? My parents
were frequent visitors to the Browns pub and met Dylan Thomas there
regularly. Also I would be pleased to hear from anyone that have
associations with Laugharne particularly around the 1880s
I love your web site as I
have been to Largharne and fell in love with it. My
G.G.G.Grandmother Charlotte Perrot lived in Roche Castle
as a child and emigrated to the U.S. after her husband
William Adams died. Charlotte was born Aug. 11, 1805 to
Thomas Perrot and Anne Rogers. I knew nothing more about
Charlotte until I went to the book store in Laugharne
and he had a lot on the family history and pointed to
the castle saying that she was related to that Perrot. I
would love to prove that connection.
Chesterton, In. USA
Just wanted to say 'hi' and love your pictures of Laugharne. I a
also in contact with Keith Bowen who left a message!
I've not lived in Laugharne but my mother's family all came from
there - going back hundreds of years - they were Harrys, and also
had one Jane Perrott marrying into the family. The Perrots lived at
Roche Castle and may have been related to
the Sir John Perrot after whom the hill by the estuary is named -
Sir John's Hill (that is the hill on the left of the painting which
is on your Laugharne page). Sorry I can't help with the houses
painted as I 've not been there for a few years.
Been looking through Laugharne stuff quite a bit lately as I'm
compiling my family tree.
I hope I can help with the identification of the houses
in the picture.
The picture was taken from The Strand looking onto The Grist and houses
on Fountain Row, with Fern Hill in the background (not Sir John's Hill).
From l-r the first two houses are still standing, house 3 burnt down and
was rebuilt on a bank as a bungalow, house 4 was a ruin in the 1930's
but was rebuilt and is now Castle View Chip Shop, building 6 is the
Fountain Inn (home of Laugharne RFC), and the red stone building is The
Mill, of which the ground floor is the Spar shop.
The wall on the left hand side of the picture is adjacent to The Cross
House Inn, and the stream on the left hand side has been covered over by
I hope this helps,
|Hi mike found your site by accident so glad I did. I
have visited laugharne twice now as I am doing my family tree. My
fathers side came from there and llanadurnen. The reason for this email
is I came across a lady leaving a message that she had family there in
1881 I have checked this out and we are related is there anyway I can
get her contact details through your site. Her name was sue hullock
Australia. Many thanks for reading this email
I have today seen a painting,
done by a friend of mine, of houses in Laugharne, which has
been drawn from a B & W photograph taken in about 1900. The
houses are adjacent to a dock. The colours are from
imagination as are some parts of the painting background,
etc. Do the houses still exist?
|Hello I just came upon your site and was so
interested as my father was born in Laugharne in 1899- I have visited
there and fell in love with it. His name was David John Thomas and they
lived in Kingaddle Farm-is it still there I wonder? I also remember
Aunts living at Dragon Park?
Dear Mike- late at night in
Australia surfing the net I discovered your website on
Laugharne. Particularly nostalgic for me as I was born in
the Browns .I suspect I am the only living person to have
that claim to fame!!
I have just discovered from the 1881
census that my great grandfather William Thomas farmed Longridge
Farm in Laugharne. According to the census it was 180 acres and
employed three labourers. I wondered if the farm was still in
existance or if any of the family still lived in the area.? I know
they had 8 children in 1881. My grandfather John Henry Thomas left
South Wales and settled in Northamptonshire . I have been told that
the family bred pit ponies because some of them were exported to
Australia to work in the mines there.
Wondai, Queensland Australia
Congratulations on an excellent site. I
have to agree with you about Laugharne, it's a delightful place and I'm
envious of my ancestors, quite a few of whom were born and lived there.
One in particular, David Bowen and his wife Amelia (and 9 children) ran
a pub in Gosport Street, I think in the 1880's and 1890's (I think it
may have been the Corporation Arms Hotel, now renamed the Boat House
Inn, well at least I think that was the pub since I've not found any
others in Gosport Street.)
One of their sons Robert Bowen was a butcher in Laugharne and after
his young wife and very young child died (they're buried at St Martins
Church), he became a cattle dealer but lived in Wogan Street with his
mother in law at a pub there, whose name I don't have. I suspect he was
mainly running the place and working as a cattle dealer from time to
time. Sad to think that most of my clan, apart from Robert, later left
for Llanelli (tinplate works mainly) but that's a very familiar story I
There is one query I'd like to put to you, at the moment I'm
deciphering a document from the 1890's and a name has cropped up
associated with Laugharne and I just wonder if you've got any ideas on
it. The word is Solan, well at least I think that's what the handwriting
states. The person living there was a farmer so I'm assuming it's a farm
but I've so far failed to find any reference to it in Laugharne either
on new or old maps. Perhaps it's long since disappeared.
Continued good luck with the site.
Mike I was interested in your site ......I have never been to Laugharne
but are interested in a visit soon. I have married into the Thomas
family (Helen Marnier ,grandmother was Caitlin's sister) She has regaled
me with boathouse stories from when she was a child and used to spend
the summers there scaring the tourists, so she says?
Hi Mike, I just wanted to say how great
your site is. I am the son of a Welsh mother who's mother was born
in Laugharne. I will be visiting Laugharne again myself in either
August or September as I want to locate my Grandmothers house in
Station Cottages. I will also be going to Newcastle Emlyn as that is
where my own mother was born and the owners are going to let me look
at her birthplace in the gatehouse to a mansion. I am looking
forward to that although the place is very run down now. Anyway I
always wanted to end my days amongst the greatest people in the
world but a ex wife & a new wife put an end to that. If any of your
viewers are related to my grandmother Mary Jane Thomas or would like
to get in touch with me I have no objection to receiving emails.