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, July 01, 2012

An example from Chester

I hesitate to provide the following example of how The Three Cups could be restored to its former glory as a hostelry for the great and good of the literary world and those who would share its inspiring atmosphere.

The reason is that you will see some of the credit is again given to the business nouse of Yorkshire men. (
See also my post of 22/8/11.) In this case, Samuel Smith's Brewery of Tadcaster saw the obvious financial advantages of keeping open a famous old pub which adds character to its environs. Acknowledging this assistance from the other side of The Pennines would have been a problem for me as a Lancastrian but something which must not have troubled the rich and successful people of  Cheshire.

I took the photograph below on a recent visit to Chester because as soon as I saw the plaque describing the restoration of The Falcon public house, I thought of how Lyme Regis would benefit from similar treatment being given to The Three Cups Hotel. I hope that others in Dorset will agree.

Click on the image for a larger view.


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