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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, May 03, 2007

G.K. Chesterton and more Plaques

The Three Cups Hotel needs more than just one blue plaque to commemorate Tolkien's many visits.

I was told of a connection with G.K. Chesterton and this has been explained in detail by Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, who wrote this to me in an email:

"Chesterton stayed at The Three Cups Hotel in Lyme Regis in 1930, and wrote a letter from there on the hotel’s stationery and a poem. So it belongs to eternity."

Dale asked me to refer to his society's website at which I highly recommend.

I have also obtained my own copy of "Signs of History, A Guide to the Historical Plaques and Notable Buildings of Lyme Regis", published by The Lyme Regis Society, 2002. (Thanks to The Lyme Regis Museum.) I see from this booklet that there is, at number 11 Broad Street, a plaque describing the role played by that building in the film, "The French Lieutenant's Woman". Wouldn't it be worth having another plaque pointing out that The Three Cups also played a leading role in the same film?

There is yet another reason for a plaque mentioned in the "Signs of History" booklet, namely that The Lyme Regis Society was formed after a meeting at the hotel in 1930.

It looks like The Three Cups Hotel could be famous for displaying at least four blue plaques. Now I think that would attract some visitors and many customers if it were open for business.


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