Dylan Thomas at the Boathouse, laugharne
The family returned to Laugharne in April 1949 to The Boathouse ('my sea shaken house on a break neck of rocks' ), bought for them by Margaret Taylor who, to the chagrin of her then husband the historian AJP Taylor, had appointed herself Dylan Thomas’ patron.
For Dylan's parents they rented 'The Pelican' a large house opposite Brown's Hotel, built at the turn of the 19th century and originally a public house.
His father's health began to decline in 1951, and the sight of his father ill at the Pelican informs one of Dylan's greatest poems, ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night:’
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
The poem is often read at funeral services, and was read by Seamus Heaney at Ted Hughes’ funeral in 1997.
The Boathouse remained the family home for the rest of Dylan’s life. After his death in 1953 Margaret Taylor put the house in trust for Caitlin and the children. In 1973 Caitlin sold the house, and in 1975 it was opened as a memorial.
The Boathouse is now open to visitors. For details see Dylan Thomas Boathouse.