The Three Cups Hotel

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    The Three Cups, in Lyme Regis, where J.R.R. Tolkien spent many vacations, is in a state of dereliction.
    (A page from the campaign website)
    It has been deemed uneconomic to restore the building to a hotel, but local campaigners are having none of it; saying that the restoration would be good for the town because of the building's historic connections. J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and sketched out much of his mythology at The Three Cups. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Alfred Lord Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel was a location for the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep.

    It's all very well to pile millions into building huge 'statement' architecture, or restoring stately homes; but the history of a country is also recorded in its little buildings. Once this hotel has been either razed or changed out of recognition, no-one will ever again be able to sit in the window where J.R.R. Tolkien sat and looked out over Lyme Bay, free from the cares of academia, sketching the views and his visions of Middle-earth.
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