Elm House

Elm House (centre) is noted elsewhere as the home of Colonel Bolton. It's also notable for having the first TV set in Laugharne and Dylan Thomas, a keen cricket fan since childhood (and close friend of BBC cricket commentator John Arlott), used to watch test matches here. Next door is The Pines which, until the 1960s, housed the library. Then Exeter House, which used to house the Post Office but has recently re-opened as The Ferryman delicatessen; and then Ashcombe House which was originally two premises: the Nat West Bank operated from the left as you look (until the 1980s), and a tailor operated from the right. The window of Ashcombe House was cracked on carnival night in August 2013 and police carried out house-to-house enquiries. Despite the weekend roistering Laugharne is a relatively crime-free zone.

c. 1900 Browns, The Pelican (with pub sign) opposite, Elm House and beyond. The cherry trees weren't appreciated as the blossom filled residents' porches.

The same view today. The cherry trees were badly pruned over the years and very few remain.

There are several cast-iron boot scrapers in Laugharne but Elm House has the finest, showing the prosperity of King St.

This example around the corner in 'working class' Victoria St is not quite so grand.



John Arlott


The voice of cricket


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