Dylan Thomas - City Centre Trail
Salubrious Passage in Dylan's time
Straight across Wind Street is Salubrious Passage and the No Sign Bar, the oldest pub in Swansea. The cellars beneath the bar - now a night-club - have been used for storing wine and spirits since the 1400's. Referred to as Paradise Passage in The Followers, Dylan's late and only ghost story, perhaps Salubrious Passage was too Dylanesque even for Dylan!
One of Dylan's eccentric friends - Alban Leyshon - inventor, goldsmith and craftsman had a workshop high above the passage, and he and Dylan would heat pennies on a bunsen burner, throw them down to the street and watch unsuspecting pedestrians burn their fingers.
Halfway along Salubrious Passage an architect's office now occupies the building that once housed Dylan's Bookstore (at the time of writing, the Bookstore is located at 23, King Edward Road, a twenty minute walk away. Ring the store on 01792 655255 to check opening hours).
Take a look up at the pine end of this building and you will see a cherub flying three large marble books engraved with a quote from 'Fern Hill': "as I was young and easy".
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19th C. Salubrious Passage