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.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Jeremy Irons Joins Campaign

Seeing The Three Cups as front page news in the View from Lyme Regis newspaper this week is a great encouragement and has got a lot of people talking about the future of the hotel.

I wrote a post yesterday about the dangerous state of the building which was the main headline in the View story. The other revelation in the article which is important for efforts to save The Three Cups is the weight Jeremy Irons has added to the campaign by his comments on the subject.

Jeremy Irons played the leading role of Charles Henry Smithson in the 1981 film version of John Fowles' novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman, which featured The Three Cups and Lyme Regis. So his comments are all the more valuable. According to the exclusive report by Philip Evans in the View:

"In an e-mail to John Grantham, the leader of Community Alert on Pubs, Mr Irons said: 'It seems to me that owners leaving a building abandoned for a long period of time, when that building is part of the local community, should be prosecuted for vandalism to our built heritage.

I cannot believe that the local authorities do not have the power of compulsory purchase in such a case and I hope that they may be prompted into using such power on behalf of the people of Lyme Regis and all of us who value our irreplaceable architectural heritage.'"

If you would like to add your support to John Grantham's campaign, please make sure you attend the public meeting to be held at the Electric Palace in Bridport on Friday 24th April.


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