'Burnt House' is a ghostly ruin down below the cliff path a few hundred yards from the Boathouse. The story behind the house was a mystery until Laugharne resident Denize McIntyre found some newspaper articles from the late 1800s. Earliest dates show that Recess Cottage, as it was known, was built in the early 19th century. An auction notice in the Western Mail from 1846 mentions a 'pretty house' with an orchard and 3 acres of land. The auction took place at the Globe Hotel in Laugharne. The notice also suggested that the cost of provisions in Laugharne was the cheapest in Wales.
In December 1881 Burnt House was occupied by a farming
couple from Pembroke in their 40s, Samuel & Ellen Evans, along with
16 year old Jane Jenkins, a domestic from St Clears. A spark from
the fireplace landed on some dry sticks and a gale blowing up the
estuary meant the house was quickly engulfed by flame. Local mariner
John Childs of Gosport Street spotted the fire from his fishing boat
and raised the alarm, saving the grateful occupants. What was Mr Childs
doing out on the river at 2am? Illicitly poaching to feed his family?
It's a good job he was.
The picture above shows a recess for a cart above the house, hence the name - Recess Cottage.
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