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, July 19, 2007

The French Inspector's Wisdom

I heard part of a programme on BBC Radio 4 today about Prosper Merimee, who was was employed as Inspector General of Historical Monuments in France in the 1830s.

He was apparently very effective in preserving the architecural heritage of his country. He was also a writer with a wide interest in literature. I wonder what he would make of the current sad state of The Three Cups hotel with all its literary connections if he were alive today.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What is the scaffolding for?

I understand from sources in Lyme Regis that scaffolding was erected at the end of last week across the front of The Three Cups Hotel.

If anyone can shed any light on whether this is the start of refurbishment of the hotel or something far worse, please add a comment to this post for the benefit of all concerned.

It would also be useful if anyone could say if there is scaffoling at the rear of the building as well.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Anyone for Tennyson?

The June edtion of the Lyme Regis Society Newsletter contains an article about The Three Cups by Jo Draper of The Lyme Regis Museum.

Among the interesting facts Jo has unearthed is that Tennyson the Poet Laureate stayed at the The Three Cups in September 1867. Surely, this is cause enough for another blue plaque to be placed on the building to attract visitors.

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