The Three Cups: Regency or Georgian? - Revised
The Observer’s Book of British Architecture has some interesting illustrations from the point of the view of saving The Three Cups Hotel.
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In my 1951 edition (which, I hasten to add, was given to me by an older friend), some examples in the Visual Index show striking similarities with features of The Three Cups Hotel.
On pages 186 and 187, there are drawings of two and three storey Regency buildings, which are both of two bays with bowed windows. The first is labelled “Regency Villa” and is less like The Three Cups because the bowed windows stop before the highest storey, forming a balcony. However, the other, of three stories and two bays, is very reminiscent of The Three Cups in that the right hand bay contains the main entrance on the ground floor where the bow forms an open porch supported by two columns.
This key feature of The Three Cups Hotel is also seen in the Doorways section on page 208.
The Windows section of the Visual Index (pages 216 – 8) shows various examples which have similarities to The Three Cups.
As we can be fairly certain from the datestone in the north wall that the present building was erected in 1807, Pevsner's description of it as "Late Georgian" is typically spot-on. I would suggest that the Regency style bowed bay could have been added by the new owners when it became The Three Cups in 1844 to advertise its status as "the best hotel in Lyme Regis"