Fullerton House

This house is one of a number on King St that were once lower thatch-roofed dwellings dating back to medieval times - Redford and Abercorran are other examples. Instead of being demolished and replaced with larger town houses the roof and frontage was removed, the height extended, and the roof put back on. This house was once owned by a G. James who in 1752 when they built the larger Browns Hotel next door had a stone plaque added to the front of the Browns to show ownership of the pine end; there are several of these in Laugharne. It was also a pub called The Greyhound until the 1850s which, with the Pelican and Ship & Castle across the road and the two still-functioning pubs to the right, made for a nice easy pub crawl.

In the Edwardian era Lieutenant Colonel S H Bolton and his wife Mary, who lived in Elm House next door, owned Fullerton. His two sons lived here - John Ritso Nelson Bolton and Stewart Bladen Nelson Bolton - with their aunt, sister and two servants. They were two of the 66 men with Laugharne connections to perish in WW1. John, a former head boy at Bedford School, died at the Battle of Loos - his fourth battle in a year - in September 1915 aged 22 years old. Less than a year later, at the naval Battle of Jutland, the HMS Indefatigable (above) was attacked with such ferocity that only 2 of the 1019 crew survived. Stewart, a midshipman in the Royal Navy since the age of 12 was one of those killed. He was 18 years old.



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