Love in rhossili

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In recent years, award-winning Rhossili Bay on the western tip of the Gower peninsula near Swansea has become world famous for its spectacular sweep of golden sands stretching for miles into the distance, framed by hills and craggy cliffs. Although Dylan Thomas moved around Wales and England extensively during his adult life, he always maintained a great fondness for Gower. One summer, he and a group of school friends go camping for a fortnight in Rhossili. Eventually they arrive, and catch sight of the sea below, where a steamer puffs along on the horizon.

Interestingly, in , when it appeared the family would have to leave their home, the Boat House at Laugharne, at short notice, Dylan considered bringing them to live at the isolated Old Rectory in the middle of the bay overlooking Rhossili sands.

The Ship Inn at nearby Middleton had closed in The lack of d premises would not have concerned the Reverend J. Lucas, Rector of Rhossili church, who brought up his large family there in the 19th century. Leaving his wife Annette, known as Tiny , at home in Hampstead, he was in command of some of the first Atlantic liners of the early s, which worked the passage between Southampton and New York.

This was of course a journey which Dylan made on a of occasions for his American tours. Dylan was similarly sentimental. Throughout his life he carried a newspaper article showing him, aged 12 at Swansea Grammar School, winning the mile race on sports day; it was found in his wallet after his death, and would have crossed the ocean to America with him. He sent BBC producer Douglas Cleverdon to search his drinking haunts, where it was found behind the bar at a Soho pub — named the Helvetia. It is possible that if Dylan had lived longer and relocated to Rhossili, the Old Rectory might have become as iconic a symbol for his creativity as the Boat House and writing shed at Laugharne.

Practicality was never a priority for Dylan, so the setting and seclusion would have been the deciding factor. Rhossili is certainly a more elemental location, with its wild, exposed beauty and the roar of the surf — a great void he could have filled with literary inspiration. This post is also available in: Welsh. Linda Evans, Dylan Thomas Centre. English Cymraeg Welsh.

Love in rhossili

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Rhossili and the Old Rectory