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.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Enjoying the countryside Shakespeare's way

On 19 April 2006, The Daily Telegraph published an article about the opening of the Shakespeare Way, a footpath from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London.

The pretext is that England's greatest playwright probably travelled the same route. Well done to Peter Titchmarsh who organised this in his retirement. It will help visitors to England and any admirers of Shakespeare to appreciate the countryside in which the Bard grew up and was the background to his life.

It would be good if there were footpaths through other parts of England decicated to one of England's other great authors, J.R.R. Tolkien. There is already a Tolkien Trail in Lancashire around Stonyhurst College where Tolkien stayed while writing parts of the Lord of The Rings. Surely, there would be interest in another trail around Lyme Regis where Tolkien also wrote sections of his greatest work. What better place for the visitors and walkers to stay than the Three Cups Hotel which the great man used himself and where he sat down to write after his own rambles in the shire of Dorset!


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