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”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at afmt@btinternet.com or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Heritage, Character and a Warm Welcome

I would like to suggest 3 other critical success factors for a hotel apart from the proverbial location, location, location (which The Three Cups HOTEL certainly has). 

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Rosely Country House Hotel in Arbroath for work. It was a while since I had been there and I was pleased to find that the hotel is thriving despite attempts from property developers to take it over for other purposes. It would seem that the owners' enthusiasm and the character of the building continue to attract patrons and visitors to Arbroath. This formula should be noted by West Dorset District Council in their current deliberations on the future of The Three Cups HOTEL.

Please note from their website that Rosely Country House Hotel is "popular with game hunting parties, golfers, walkers, cyclists" and not just those interested in luxury accommodation. 

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Against Oligarchy

In a democracy, government and laws are meant to protect ordinary people from rich property owners doing what they like when it will harm the prosperity of the many. If you wish to see this principle upheld, I would recommend that you write to West Dorset District Council to object to Palmers' plans to change the use of The Three Cups Hotel from that of a hotel by clicking here and here.

A hotel is what Lyme Regis needs and what the people of the area want which has been demonstrated at public meetings. See here and here.

Remember comments close on 3rd January!

It is interesting that the oligarchs involved in this case have chosen to use the Christmas period to reduce the likely number of objections as many people will be distracted by the festivities. This modus operandi seems familiar. It was used by international bankers who set up the Federal Reserve in the USA in 1913. They waited until 23rd December to get their act through when most of the Senators had gone home for Christmas.

Some Americans are only now waking up to the terrible consequences of letting the oligarchs take of the control of their money supply. Woodrow Wilson who was president at the time, later wrote,

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of  credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most  completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a  Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."

To all the people of Lyme Regis, I would say don't let yourselves end up regretting the loss of The Three Cups AS A HOTEL.

A small group of dominant men should not be allowed to overrule the will of the people. President Wilson also wrote,

"Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."

I would hope that the same cannot be said of West Dorset and the field of the hospitality business.

Going back to Palmers' application to change what lies behind the frontage of The Three Cups beyond all recognition and prevent public access, a lot will depend on the definition of "substantial demolition" and I believe that a figure of 45% is being talked about. Let's see what 45% demolition looked like in another case where financial oligarchs were allowed to do what they wanted with a building of great cultural value.



You may think that the link to the Parthenon is tenuous but the perpetrators of the above cultural vandalism were the Venetian oligarchs who transplanted their financial systems and funds to Old Amsterdam, thence to the City of London and ultimately to Wall Street. See "How the Venetian System Was Transplanted into England". For more against oligarchy, see Dr W G Tarpley's Essays and Speeches 1970-1996.

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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

http://webapps.westdorset-dc.gov.uk/PlanningApps/Pages/Planning.aspx?App=WD/D/14/002879

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

https://www.dorsetforyou.com/planning/west-dorset/planning-application-advice

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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