Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

The Three Cups Hotel, Lyme Regis, Dorset

The hotel has been left empty for approximately twenty years. I recall reading a report in the local paper that subsidence made it unsafe and the local council forcibly closed it, turning out the owners, but I can't find the actual reference to corroborate it. A Grade II listed building, there is currently a campaign to re-open it as an hotel.

Built circa 1807, the hotel began it's life as Hiscott's Boarding House. The original Three Cups (another hotel entirely) was still standing, but after it burnt down in 1844, the name was taken on by Hiscott's. Predominantly built with Blue Lias stone, with red brick chimneys and corner quoins of limestone (possibly from the quarry in Beer), this was the largest building in Lyme Regis at the time.

Several well-known people have stayed here, including J R R Tolkein, Jane Austen, H W Longfellow and G K Chesterton. It is thought that Tolkein, who stayed here several times, even wrote some of his book The Lord of the Rings here. The hotel was also used in the film "The French Lieutenant's Woman"  adapted from the book of the same name written by John Fowles who lived in the town.  

The former entrance to the rear car park, at the side of the building, is dereliction delight! Lots of interesting features as well as cut-away plaster and brickwork showing the Blue Lias stone beneath. In his Discworld novels, Terry Pratchett described the unseen exterior areas of a grand building to be in direct inverse proportion to how it looks at the front. A case in point, methinks. ;)

Interesting doors and gorgeous windows at the front, and this rather simple but lovely old door to the side.

Beautifully higgledy-piggedly, the rear part of the building is built across the end of the car park entrance.

A closer shot shows details of the slate-hung wall.

And finally...Car Park Closed! ;)

Some more photos along with these can be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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