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.

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Beatrix Potter connection?

I've just read an article posted by the BBC on their website in 2005 about "Dorset Writers".

The piece starts with Thomas Hardy and refers to other natives of Dorset. Enid Blyton gets a mention for links to the Isle of Purbeck area of the county. The Jane Austin connection has already been described in earlier postings. I was most interested to read that Beatrix Potter stayed in Lyme (Regis) in 1904 and used some views of the town in one of her stories.

It would be useful to know if Beatrix Potter stayed at the Three Cups. This would add a great deal to the potential of the hotel to attract visitors as and when it re-opens for business.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Another idea from Dove Cottage

On Monday 13th November, the Today programme on Radio 4 at 7:38 am reported on a recording made by Sir Ian McKellen of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" for a new exhibition at Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum in the Lake District.

Here is another example of innovative ways in which the Three Cups Hotel could be promoted if it were open for business. How about a recording of Ian McKellen reading "Farmer Giles of Ham" or Brian Blessed reading the part of Tom Bombadil which someone so carelessly left out of the film of Lord of the Rings?

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

"History you can't put a price on"

On Sunday 5 November 2006, the BBC reported that a bungalow where JRR Tolkien used to live has gone on sale with an asking price of £1 million. It would appear that Bournemouth estate agents believe an historical link with Tolkien will generate interest in a building.

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