Old Ball Court & Boatshed

This was the last building Dylan Thomas passed as he set off on his birthday walk on the 27th October 1944. The origin of the name is a mystery but one theory is that it was built on the former tennis court of Gosport House (visible above left). Old Ball Court, a Grade-11 listed building, was one of four grain warehouses in Laugharne (the Spar building is the only other that remains) and was semi-derelict by the 1980s when it was converted into a private house. To the right is the 'Dutch barn' shaped Boatshed, built by author Richard Hughes (see Castle House) in the 1930s; he was a keen sailor and there are artefacts in the shed dating back to his time. It now belongs to Denzil Brown and houses his boat, Broadsword, in the winter months.

Broadsword and the Boathouse


Boatshed interior


 

Poem in October

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Dylan's Birthday Walk

 

 



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