Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. The best way to help now is email the Bridport News (

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lose - Lose - Lose - Lose - Lose

I don't agree that turning The Three Cups Hotel into shops and rented accommodation is a win-win situation for those who have campaigned for the building to be open to the public again such as the former Save The Three Cups Hotel Campaign.

I see it as a Lose - Lose - Lose - Lose - Lose situation because:

1) Lyme Regis loses a hotel
2) English Heritage loses interiors
3) Literary fans lose public spaces which attracted great writers
4) Dorset loses a tourist attraction
5) The English speaking world loses cultural heritage

May I suggest that anyone who would still like to see the building re-opened as a hotel, should register their complaints by going to the West Dorset Council website at

and click on the "Make a comment" button. For advice on commenting, go to

and click on the link for

Please read the planning application procedure document before commenting on an application (pdf, 407kb)

Please note that comments close on 3rd January 2015.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Letter from Ted Nasmith

A letter from the famous Tolkien illustrator, Ted Nasmith, appears on page 20 of the View From Lyme Regis for 3/12/14.

I have amended this blog to take into account the drawings which have been made available online for Palmers’ planning application.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

John Howe Outlines The Business Case

The artist John Howe has written to The Bridport News outlining the business case for saving The Three Cups AS A HOTEL.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Demolition Plans Submitted - Last Chance To Act

According to a report in The Bridport News (click here to read), Palmers have submitted their plans to demolish [a large part of] The Three Cups Hotel [and gut the rest] to West Dorset District Council. I would urge local residents to make their objections known to the council through the official channels. Click through for an explanation of the Bridport News article.

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Accommodation, Accommodation, Accommodation

"Location, location, location" is a phrase often used to emphasise one key success factor for hotels but I think accommodation needs to be highlighted in the business case for urban pubs which used to be hotels. Click through to see three town centre hotels which are doing very well offering rooms for visitors as well as lively restaurants and bars for local people.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Punch House, Monmouth

Click on this link to the website of a popular old coaching inn in Monmouth to see how successful a hotel can be when fulfilling its original function as a pub and restaurant with accommodation.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Preserving Literary Heritage - Literally by the Book

Manchester's Portico Library ought to be an inspiration to save The Three Cups as a HOTEL.

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