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.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Pier Review for Seaside Heritage?

The BBC website magazine has posted an article today entitled Pier-ing into the future. Along with English Heritage's Seaside Resorts Project, there seems to be growing interest in the architectural heritage as an engine for economic development.

Consider this comment from English Heritage:

"At English Heritage, we firmly believe that the historic character of our seaside resorts can play a key role in their regeneration and renaissance. To this end, we are hosting a two-day conference in October 2007 to engender more understanding and appreciation of the history and architectural heritage of seaside towns, and to explore how their historic assets can contribute to the economy, quality of life and regeneration."

See their web page Seaside Heritage: Colourful Past, Bright Future for the context.

Regarding the BBC article, would anyone consider that The Cobb at Lyme Regis was the forerunner and inspiration for Britain's many seaside piers? It might be the subject of a Pier Review, anyway?


Blogger Andrew Townsend said…

With reference to the article on the Seaside Resorts Project, Pulteney Terrace at Weymouth is given prominence as an important building marking the town's development as a resort in the Regency Period. Each house has two bays and three stories rather like the examples in the Observer's Book and one bay bowed in each case - very like The Three Cups. Isn't The Three Cups at least as important to Lyme Regis from an architectural point of view? And with the literary associations with Tolkien, Fowles and Austin, surely The Three Cups is more important to the nation and, potentially, to the Tourist Industry.


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