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.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Not good enough!

News has travelled across the internet that Palmers are trying to do something with The Three Cups. Click here and go to page 5 of the View from Lyme Regis. I don't think their plans are going to help the people of Lyme Regis or the potential visitors who want to travel to the town to see the famous HOTEL re-opened.

I would agree with the councillor who said that it is disgusting that the HOTEL has stood empty for 22 years but it looks like Palmers and their supporters are still promoting the idea of knocking down as much as possible of The Three Cups and turning it into luxury accommodation. They seem to have directed many people into arguing about how big a new visitor centre come boutique shop will be. I'm glad there are still some councillors who are banging the drum for a HOTEL for the public and beds for visitors. That's what Lyme Regis needs: not some high security gated compound for anonymous elites and seldom seen tenants.

I would encourage the people of the town not to forget the cultural connections which could improve visitor numbers. I believe it will be a good day for Lyme Regis when it is more famous for The Three Cups HOTEL than The Cobb. There are more literary and cultural connections with the former and it could be enjoyed in all weathers and after - and during - a few drinks.

To promote its cultural connections, The Three Cups HOTEL should be displaying possibly the greatest number of blue plaques on any one building. The one referring to Tolkien having spent many happy holidays there could attract the most visitors. It is interesting to note that a blue plaque was unveiled in Leeds yesterday to identify a house where Tolkien lived for one year! Well done to the Leeds Civic Trust and the Tolkien Society who organised this event which I was pleased to attend.


Blogger Andrew Townsend said…

To appreciate the work which went into organising the placing of the plaque, see this blog:

Blogger Kimberly Mullin said…

I think hotels holding historical value or if not standing still for so long up into this period should remain the way they used to be or they could undergo to some renovation or restoration but knocking them down? I don't think so. Actually, several new orleans luxury hotels are also old old ones but you see? they maintain the beauty and elegance of it. That's why I think instead of demolishing the old ones they should just make some improvements on it.

Anonymous Vince Coleman said…

I have been in favor of renovating the interiors of the Three Cups Hotel to give it a new life. That is what the london luton hotel did and everyone came off winners in the accommodation industry.

Anonymous Cass Bronson said…

Well, I'm a bit of sentimental too and I would like to see it restored instead of tearing it apart. Imagine the history of the place and it's sad to see it go to waste. I agree with Vince that most old hotels in Hyde Park London were just revamped and renovated to give it a new life. That's what they should do to Three Cups Hotel.

Anonymous Ryan Donovan III said…

I hope the three cups will not be renovated until I get there. I want to go to that hotel before it will be tarnished. I'm planning to take a week off to get there. I just need to check airphilippines if they offer flights to England.

Blogger doris alonso said…

It is true that a any hotel holding historical value should always be renovated and you have got to have a maintenance check every now and then, like that hotel in paddington we stayed in.

Anonymous Culgan Reeds said…

The management of the said hotel (if there are any) should think about making that place really more attractive. They can do renovation but that doesn't mean they have to remodel the building, all they have to do is to restore it and make it lively once again.

Anonymous Lindon Agli said…

This should be preserved. A building with this kind of history should be considered a national treasure. If the owners could not afford the expenses, the government should at least make an action to save it.

Anonymous Sofia Davidson said…

Yes, I may have to agree with what Culgan said, this hotel needs a lot of renovation. Maybe if they decided to fix and renovate this place, it will attract more customers and gain more profit.


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