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.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Catching Up

Sorry you’ve been waiting a while for another post. I’ve gathered quite a few examples which show how The Three Cups could be making money for an enterprising owner as a HOTEL and attracting visitors to Lyme Regis. Click through to read more.

We visited Pembrokeshire over the summer and stayed in a cottage which is a converted water mill. We were attracted by the history of the place but imagine our delight when we read in the visitor notes that the mill had once belonged Anne Boleyn.

On the way, we visited Hay-on-Wye. If ever there was a town which relied on literature for its livelihood, this is it. Perhaps Lyme Regis could learn something from Hay when it comes to promoting itself.

We stayed in Brecon while visiting Hay and wanted an old hotel with character where we could have a meal to celebrate some exam results. We chose The George Hotel because of its charm and history which suggested that many families must have celebrated happy occasions there down the years. Those are just the sort of reasons why residents of Lyme Regis would spend money at The Three Cups HOTEL if only it were open for business. Our visit to The George was an enjoyable and memorable occasion. We look forward to celebrating the re-opening of The Three Cups as a HOTEL with similar hospitalty, good food and drinks.

Like Dorset, Pembrokeshire has beautiful coastal footpaths. We drove to Fishguard to walk a section near Strumble Head and visited a local tourist information bureau. I was interested to note that the area is promoted as the Last Invasion Country because of the landing by French forces in 1797. Perhaps Lyme Regis could add something along those lines to its promotional literature to draw more attention to its role in the Monmouth Rebellion. History drives tourism in the UK. And, of course, Lyme Regis has a literary connection with the Napoleonic Wars made famous through the film of John Fowles book, The French Lieutenant's Woman with some scenes set in The Three Cups Hotel.

On our way home we visited Laugharne in Carmarthenshire because of its connections with Dylan Thomas. I may post some images of the various places of interest for visitors but suffice it to say that the town capitalises on its literary connection to this one famous writer. What a pity that Lyme Regis Town Council doesn’t do something about the gold mine of literary history which they are sitting on with the closed and decaying Three Cups and the many writers associated with this HOTEL.

In October, we had a day out in Alnwick in Northumberland and visited the Castle. Even if you are not a fan of the Harry Potter films, you would soon know that some of the filming was done at Alnwick Castle and you would not be able to avoid the Potter related items in the tourist shop.

On a visit to Cambridge, we were attracted by the history surrounding The Eagle pub and were not disappointed by the hospitality and food enjoyed within. They certainly let you know about their historical connections.

More recently, I noted the publicity surrounding the rebuilding of a house in France associated with the war poet, Wilfred Owen, so that it can be open to the public. There are many famous writers including a poet laureate associated with The Three Cups Hotel. It should be open to the public as a hotel to receive visitors.


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