Laugharne some History

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Laugharne Corporation
Laugharne from the BBC
Laugharne Castle
Dylan Thomas Boat House

Laugharne is an all year round town, with many local events exhibitions, readings and activities.

Dylan Thomas
Writer and poet, made Laugharne his home. The Boat House and  writing shed are National Heritage sites. As well as a museum the Boat House also has Tea Rooms which overlook the Taf estuary. The file Edge of Love due out in 2008 starring Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Cillian Murphy was filmed in and around Laugharne  See: Mail Travel or PDF version Dylan Thomas 

Laugharne Castle & Corporation
On the mouth of the estuary the castle is open during the summer months and is a favourite with visitors from all over the world. The castle was built by the Normans after 1100 as part of their invasion of Wales. It was seized by Rhys ap Gruffudd of Deheubarth in 1189.

The Corporation of Laugharne is an almost unique institution, and the last surviving medieval corporation in the United Kingdom. The Corporation was established in 1291 by Sir Guy de Brian, a Marcher Lord. The Corporation is presided over by the Portreeve, wearing his traditional chain of gold cockle shells, the Aldermen, and the body of Burgesses. Courts are held on a regular basis, where administration of the common fields is dealt with. The Laugharne open field system is one of only two surviving and still in use today in Britain

Customs associated with the Laugharne Corporation include the Common walk, held every three years. The local pubs open at approx 5.00 in the morning, and following a liquid breakfast the throng commence a trek of some 25 miles around the boundaries of the Corporation lands. At significant historical landmarks a victim is selected to name the place. If they cannot answer,
they are hoisted upside down and ceremonially beaten three times on the rear!

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