Redford House, King Street
This house was built in 1792 and given a Grade II listing in 1986. When Caitlin McNamara (Dylan's wife) visted Laugharne for the last time in 1989, she rented a room here for a week from the landlady Mrs Pruden. Prior to that the author Mary Curtis lived here. She wrote the highly respected tome, 'The Antiquities of Laugharne, Pendine and their Neighbourhoods' which was published in 1880. The house is also said to be haunted by 'The Dripping Boy', the ghost of a small boy who died by drowning.
Laugharne Lines refers to Mary Curtis' book for some of the material used here. In a way we are taking on the baton as Ms Curtis refers to Benjamin Heath Malkin's 1803 work, 'Scenery, Antiquities and Biography of South Wales'. Ms Curtis wrote that, "...the curious tales and peculiar customs of these parts, now fading from the memory of the oldest inhabitants," was the catalyst for her book. It was her mission to develop, "...a taste for antiquity in those who have no care for the past."
133 years later we also came to the conclusion that there were many older people who had stories and memories that needed recording. Whilst we live in a time of perpetual stimuli and endless distractions, 24 hour media and breathtaking technological advances, we are inevitably tomorrow's history. As Ms Curtis wrote - "Surely it must be interesting to compare the past condition of Laugharne with its present condition, and to see at some future day how far may, as history sometimes does, repeat itself." And as another celebrated member of the Curtis' clan (Ian) sang on Joy Division's 'Heart & Soul', released exactly 100 years later: 'The past is now part of my future; the present is well out of hand.'
'The past is now part of my future;
the present is well out of hand.'
Joy Division - Heart and Soul
February 29 1980
Lyceum Ballroom, London
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