The History

Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands suburb of Swansea - the second city of Wales - played a huge part in shaping the style and output of Dylan Thomas.

 

 

Dylan was born in the front bedroom of the house in 1914 and continued to live at Number 5 until his parents moved out in 1937 of his "…Glamorgan villa…" overlooking the "…long and splendid curving shore…" of Swansea Bay. This is where the subject of the film Edge of Love and author of Under Milk Wood spent his formative years. Dylan's birthplace has now been fully restored to its condition in 1914 when it was bought as a new house by the Thomas family.

Number 5 was one of six houses (three pairs of semi detached houses) that were built between 1913 and 1915. Planning permission for the development was granted in 1908 by the Borough of Swansea to a Mr T Lewis. It has been documented that the builder, W H Harding lived next door in Number 6. In fact the South Wales Directory for 1920 lists the occupant as being Thomas Lewis - the developer.

There is a further reference to the Lewis family in Dylan's short story Patricia, Edith and Arnold. Edith is the maid who "…belongs to Mrs Lewis…" who talks over the back garden wall to Patricia who is the Thomas's maid "…when they should be working…" and finds out that both are dating the same man - Arnold Matthews - who they confront at the bowls pavillion in Cwmdonkin Park with the inevitable tears as the outcome.

Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive is a house whose walls have many tales to tell