space_invader wrote:I find the cultural spotlight focused on places where books have been written to be of little value - unless the location has a particular bearing on the book's content.
The place books are written, is in the head. S'where all texts are written. I could understand it if the book was Justine, and the author the marquis de sade: his imprisonment and the nature of the space he was confined within had a real influence and bearing on the aesthetics of his works. There is a definite line to draw in the instance. But the Tolkein thing.......
I agree with you on the point that there must be a relationship between the content of the work and the step to list a building, that is why we haven't pushed the fact that Bob Geldof wrote the song Rat Trap in Bewleys, although I'm sure that Geldof wouldn't have written it in a lesser quality cafe.
The point I was trying to make with the listing of Tolkiens House was not that it must have been listed but rather that buildings other than those of exceptional architectural merit are being listed in other juristictions on the basis of social or cultural grounds. Bewleys is the Cultural Icon of Irish cafes indded if it goes there will be no outstanding heritage cafe left after Lydons of Galway closed recently.
How would you feel if the Willow Room cafe were to close in Glasgow?