Laugharne has a fascinating history. It was a major port in Tudor times and its location on the estuary means it has always had a military importance. The fine castle, ‘brown as owls’, pays testimony to that. It has a corporation and has a portreeve, an ancient burgess role and a grand jury which meets in the Town Hall once a fortnight. The portreeve has a similar role to a mayor and gets to wear a chain of gold cockle shells. The town seems to delight in mixing the ancient with the modern, the profound with the quirky. It also has a literary heritage that pre-dates Dylan Thomas.
For a comprehensive guide to Laugharne, there’s a wonderful website called Laugharne Lines. It features some of the secrets of the best and least known corners of Laugharne. It’s a ‘must see’ if you’re interesting in exploring Laugharne or if you are interested in the quirky history of its township. Never ‘town’ or ‘village’ by the way. Say either of those and Laugharnies will ‘have a quiet word’.
A stay in Laugharne comes with a few opportunities which we at Brown’s Hotel class as unmissable moments. They are the experiences which, should time allow, you must try to enjoy. They’re all free or very low cost, memorable and will all get you talking to the locals and benefiting from their inherent good humour, helpfulness and interest. What’s more, they’re all a short walk from Browns. Enjoy!