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.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

TV News Coverage - click on Full Post for link

Thanks to the sterling efforts of John Grantham, an account of the plight of The Three Cups Hotel and other licenced premises left derelict by Palmers Brewery has been broadcast on BBC TV.

BBC Spotlight featured a news item on 26/03/09 about John Grantham's campaign, "Community Alert on Pubs", and showed the shocking state of dilapidation into which the The Three Cups has descended. Click here to watch the video clip.

It was good to see and hear Marcus Dixon of the Lyme Regis Development Trust talking about the potential for the building to be re-opened so that it can add to the commercial life of Lyme Regis instead of being an eyesore and a wasted opportunity.

A study centre for natural history is just one of many uses which would bring visitors to Lyme Regis requiring accomodation. Let's not forget the literary connections and the huge potential for cultural tourism which could put Lyme Regis on the map with Stratford upon Avon and Wordsworth's Cottage in The Lake District.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Momentum is Growing

The Bridport and Lyme Regis News has reported on John Grantham's campaign to re-open licenced premises closed by Palmers' Brewery including The Three Cups Hotel.

Click on this link to read the report. As you will see from my comment, I believe that it would be better to always refer to The Three Cups as a hotel rather than a pub. The building would not have become famous if Tolkien, Chesterton and Tennyson had not stayed there. And it would not have featured in the film, The French Lieutenant's Woman, if it had been just a pub.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Well Done, Wellworths

What good news about Claire Robertson reopening the former Woolworth's store in Dorchester under the name Wellworths! She recognised the potential of the store and the market for its product lines even though the former owners closed it down.

I wish her and her colleagues every success with their new venture.

Let's hope someone or some group with a similar entrepreneurial spirit will come forward to reopen The Three Cups Hotel. Perhaps that will be an inspiration to others to reopen some of the closed village pubs in Dorset or vice versa.

Click on this link to see a BBC news report.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

More Publicity

Dave Sampson has kindly added a link to this blog from his website, to help publicise the cause of saving The Three Cups and community pubs around the country which John Grantham is campaigning for (see below).

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More Action

John Grantham has launched a website, called "Community Alert on Pubs" to publicise his campaign to preserve village pubs and neglected hotels and inns such as The Three Cups. Click on this link to visit the site. Please add your comments to support the campaign.

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