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

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 hosted a party for the couple on their wedding night at the ‘Lobster Pot’, her guest house in Mousehole.

Dylan wrote to Vernon Watkins from the Lobster Pot on 15 July 1937 "My own news is very big and simple. I was married three days ago; to Caitlin Macnamara; in Penzance registry office; with no money, no prospect of money, no attendant friends or relatives, and in complete happiness."

The Lobster Pot is no longer open, though the building still exists. The Ship Inn, which the couple also regularly frequented in the village, is still in operation as a hotel.

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

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