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, November 27, 2014

John Howe Outlines The Business Case

The artist John Howe has written to The Bridport News outlining the business case for saving The Three Cups AS A HOTEL.

If you pick up a copy of this week's Bridport News, you should see the following letter.

Dear Sir,

Subject: The Three Cups Hotel

At a time when every place associated with Professor J. R. R. Tolkien is receiving ever-increasing interest from the general public, it seems a shame to tear down a building intimately associated with his life. Tolkien-related tourism is a multi-million dollar industry in New Zealand. You can follow in Tolkien's footsteps in Switzerland with a guided walking tour. The Eagle and Child in Oxford sees as many Middle-Earth pilgrims as it does casual patrons.

Why erase any trace of Tolkien's favoured hotel, thereby undoing any foundation on which Tolkien events could be built? Other countries less fortunate make do with more modest traces of Tolkien's passage, and do very well.


John Howe

John Howe is well known for illustrating many books including those by Professor Tolkien. Recently, he has worked on designs for Peter Jackson's films of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. For more information on John Howe's work, see

I would like to thank Mr Howe for lending his support to this campaign. He has concisely sketched out the economic benefits that The Three Cups Hotel could bring to Lyme Regis and the surrounding area if it is re-opened AS A HOTEL. As an artist, he has visualised the problem and the solution with great clarity. However, he has also seen first hand how much business Tolkien's name has attracted to New Zealand where Jackson's films were made. How many more visitors could be attracted to the landscapes, seascapes and buildings of Dorset to which Tolkien returned again and again?


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