Dylan Thomas in Cornwall

Cornwall was the holiday destination of choice for the London bohemian set in the thirties, and Dylan Thomas’ friend, the poet Norman Cameron, ensured he met the writer Wyn Henderson, who invited him to her cottage, Polgigga at Porthcurno, near Penzance, between April and May 1936.

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees

At The Ship Inn, in Mousehole, where they regularly drank, there is a corner of the bar called ‘Dylan’s Corner’.

He wrote to Cameron’s wife, Elfriede, on 25 April: ‘Mousehole is the best village. I want to live [here], not with Wyn but cosy and cheaply with something dumb and lovely of my own choice, with a woman who hasn’t been psycho-analysed or rodgered (sic) by celebrities’.

On 11th July 1937 Dylan and Caitlin were married in Penzance Registry Office. Wyn Henderson paid for the licence and the couple honeymooned at the ‘Lobster Pot’, Henderson’s guest house in Mousehole.

From Mousehole the Thomases retreated to Max Chapman’s studio at Newlyn.

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