Supporting preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and sketched out much of 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”, starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep. Please send any postings to me, Andrew Townsend, at email@example.com or add a comment. I would like to thank David Moss for his help. For local info and to get involved, see www.savethethreecupshotel.co.uk
Last week Philip Evans wrote in the View From Lyme Regis about the most loved buildings in the town and did not mention The Three Cups Hotel. I sent a letter suggesting that The Cups might well be the building which most people would associate with Lyme and want to stay in as visitors. You can click to Read More and see the text of my letter or follow this link and look for page 18 in this week's The Lyme Regis edition.
Having maintained a blog for eight years to promote the re-opening of The Three Cups Hotel, I was somewhat disappointed with your article, "Protecting Our Prized Asset" in the View From Lyme Regis of 24/10/12. As a civil engineer, I am all in favour of informing the public of the challenges of maintaining The Cobb as a tourist attraction. However, you began with the question "Which is the best loved building in Lyme Regis?" and I would have thought that your possible answers could have included The Three Cups Hotel. In its current condition, it is perhaps the least well cared for but I would suggest that it is dearly loved by many people in Lyme Regis and fans of film and literature from around the UK and abroad.
It would be interesting to know what a public opinion poll would say about which building in Lyme Regis is most loved but far more important to the prosperity of the town would be market research into potential tourist revenue from the promotion of various attractions. Of course, it depends how the questions are phrased. It would be no good to ask, say, a member of a Tolkien society in North America if he would cross the Atlantic to see the place where the author of The Lord of The Rings spent his summer holidays if he were told that the place has been shut for 20 years and is a dilapidating eyesore.
Could I suggest that an analysis of the value tourist attractions in Lyme Regis in terms of return on assets would also be very illuminating? This should include the opportunity cost of assets not currently employed such as The Three Cups Hotel. Indeed, having an closed up hotel on Broad Street must have a negative effect on attracting tourists as well as reducing bed spaces for visitors.