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, March 04, 2010

Left to Rot - It's Official

Click through to see what the View From newspaper had to say about the recent West Dorset District Council meeting where the state of The Three Cups was discussed.

District accept Three Cups is ‘falling to pieces’

There is growing consensus over the dangerous state of the Three Cups Hotel according to the man who first highlighted its dangerous condition.

Three Cups owners, Palmers Brewery of Bridport are currently meeting with councillors and protesters to discuss possible uses for the grade II-listed building in Broad Street, which has been empty for over 20 years.

Palmers has rejected the possibility of converting the building back into a hotel after commissioning a report from hotel experts who claimed it would cost between £3 and £4 millions to return it back to acceptable standards.

John Grantham formed Community Alert to highlight the plight of the Three Cups in Lyme and The Old Swan in Toller Porcorum, leading to the setting up in Lyme of a group to persuade Palmers to re-open the Cups as an hotel.

Mr Grantham, who has been banned from talking to certain council officials, attended last week’s meeting of West Dorset District Council with a tray of rubble which has recently fallen off the Three Cups.

Mr Grantham was delighted that Council Chairman Ronald Coatsworth declared that “We all know the building is falling to pieces” and that no other member or officer contradicted him. Mr Grantham compares this with a statement from a planning officer last March which said “We sent someone down there a few months ago and everything was perfectly alright.”

Mr Grantham says that a few councillors were surprised a the brick pieces, one weighing 350g, which fell from the building.

He is calling on the council to reconsider compulsory purchase of the building and to find a back-to-back buyer so the cost does not fall on the taxpayers of West Dorset.

He claims this will save the council from “further ignominy”.


Debris – the tray of rubble John Grantham took to last week’s meeting of the West Dorset District Council to reinforce his claim that the Three Cups in Lyme Regis is still in a dangerous state.


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