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 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.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A Better Way

Proposals for a tourist development based on John Constable's connection with Suffolk have been in the news. There must be many admirers of Tolkien's artistic work who would like to visit some of the places which inspired his vision of Middle Earth and Dorset must surely be one. How much better it would be if they could stay in the same hotel which Tolkien used and where he composed some of his work than to have some of his beloved countryside obscured by some modern day commercial development or theme park!

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BBC Action Network

The BBC Action Network sounds like an excellent way of raising awareness of the sad state of The Three Cups Hotel. I am sure that the good people of Lyme Regis, and those who live in the area, could get something started with the help of this website.

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Sunday, February 05, 2006

A Hotel For Ramblers?

I have seen a number of newspaper articles describing how the Youth Hostel Association is repositioning itself to provide more comfortable and flexible accommodation (e.g. “Farewell to Dorms and Flat Tizer” by Adam Edwards in the Daily Telegraph, 3/2/06).

The YHA’s mission statement “We exist to help all, especially young people of limited means, to travel and discover England and Wales by providing cheap, safe and secure Youth Hostels in superb coastal, countryside and city locations” is still very much in line with the ideals of early ramblers like Tolkien who sought to enjoy the countryside and walking with friends.

If there is still a market to provide facilities for such holidaymakers as the YHA believes and there are people who would like to follow in Tolkien’s footsteps to experience the joys of an English shire, then there may be a market for a hotel like the Three Cups in Lyme Regis. This seems more likely as the YHA are cutting back on their locations and there is no hostel between Beer and Litton Cheney on the Dorset coast anyway.

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