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Welsh language plaque unveiled at Dylan Thomas’ birthplace

13 May 2022 3 minute read
T. James Jones unveils the Welsh blue plaque (Credit: Alun Gibbard)

A Welsh language blue plaque has today unveiled on the front wall of Dylan Thomas’ birthplace in Swansea.

The inscription on the wall of 5, Cwmdonkin Drive features the name chosen for the house by Dylan’s father.

David John ‘DJ’ Thomas chose a Welsh name, Glan-rhyd, a reference to the name of a farm that was the Carmarthenshire home of Dylan’s father’s uncle, the poet and preacher, Gwilym Marles.

The idea for the Welsh plaque came from former Archdruid T. James Jones, who has translated many of Dylan’s works into Welsh and had the honour of unveiling the blue plaque today.

“Over a long period of time interpreting the work of Dylan Thomas the influence of Welsh and Welshness on the poet has become increasingly evident,” he said. “For the past fifteen years the house where Dylan was born has become an important centre, not only to Welsh people who are interested in his work, but also to his admirers worldwide.

“I believe that by placing a Welsh plaque side by side with the English one will be a way of emphasising the innate Welshness that penetrates through his creativity.”

Geoff Haden, T James Jones and Alun Gibbard with he new Welsh language plaque at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive (Credit: Alun Gibbard)

The unveiling included pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe reading short extracts from Dylan Thomas’ works.

The plaque project was able to go ahead thanks to the generous donations of people throughout Wales. The man who restored the house to what it would have looked like for the 23 years Dylan lived there, Geoff Haden, said he is extremely grateful for this support.

“It’s been really encouraging to see the support that we’ve had and that there has been enough interest in the idea of having a Welsh plaque,” he said. “His Welsh heritage is an  important part of Dylan’s work, and he wrote two thirds of that work here at Glan-rhyd.”

Dylan Thomas’ birthplace at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive (Credit: Wiki Commons)

Author and broadcaster Alun Gibbard, who works alongside Geoff Haden at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive – which is open to the public for visits and overnight stays – sees the Welsh plaque as a significant development.

“Dylan hasn’t always had a fair hearing from the Welsh speaking community over the decades,” he said. “It’s encouraging to see that balance is being restored in recent years, and this plaque is very much a part of that process, with a physical sign on the wall of the house where he was born clearly showing that.”

Find out more about Dylan Thomas’ birthplace HERE

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1 year ago

I will have to visit it as I only live 600m away!

1 year ago

Why on earth are councils using money for this when so many are struggling with bills.

1 year ago
Reply to  Hywel

You mean the £450? This guy is a national Welsh hero. They should have made it out of solid gold. I’m a English man, who has lived in Wales since 1989.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Christopher

Harri Webb who had met the man thought he was a very Anglicised person,and you can be certain Dylan had no desire to be anyone’s national hero.

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