Historic environment review
Between late 2010 and early 2013, the heritage value of nearly 4,500 sites in Jersey has been assessed to see if their special interest warrants recognition and protection. This has involved a survey of all known heritage assets and the identification of those that might have some heritage potential, including:
- about 3,500 buildings, including houses, shops and other commercial premises; and
- about 1,000 sites comprising military and maritime structures, churches, street furniture and archaeological sites
This work was undertaken by a team of historic building surveyors managed by Jersey Heritage on behalf of the Department of the Environment, and the assessment showed:
- approximately 97% of the sites surveyed already enjoyed some form of heritage designation
- the remaining 3% were assessed for the first time and included new areas of study such as post-1945 architecture; designed landscapes; and historic post boxes
Owners were engaged in the survey phase of the review and nearly 1,000 building interiors have been assessed.
Progress and outcomes
Jersey Heritage has completed heritage assessments of over 4,000 cases. Its advice is now being acted upon by the Department of the Environment which is progressing the formal listing process.
At the end of March 2017, nearly 3,500 listing cases (c.76%) were complete, with just over 1,000 remaining. As many cases as possible will be completed during 2017 with a view to completing the review within the year.
At a parochial level the eastern parishes of St. Clement, Grouville and St. Martin are essentially concluded, along with St. Saviour and St. Lawrence. Outstanding cases here include ecclesiastical and archaeological sites. Good progress is being maintained in St. Helier too: is particularly important given the high proportion of potential heritage assets (c.40% of the Island total) here and the relatively high level of development pressure: under one quarter of cases (about 400) remain pending.
The rural parishes of Trinity and St. Mary have been progressed during the latter half of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 and the focus is now moving westward to St. Ouen and St. Peter.
Of those cases completed at the end of March 2017, 7% of (over 200) of buildings and places assessed have either been removed from the list or not added to it because they did not have sufficient interest to warrant listing.
Of all of those cases reviewed, over 3,500 have been listed so far:
- c.3% are at Grade 1
- c.9% are at Grade 2
- 56% are at Grade 3
- 32% are at Grade 4
More than ever before, those special buildings and places that make up Jersey’s historic environment are enjoying the protection that they need and deserve. Some notable examples listed during the last quarter include the following.
- 2 Almorah Crescent (HE0002) – Almorah Crescent, built between 1844-45, is undoubtedly the finest Regency style terrace in the Island and accordingly, the buildings of which it is comprised have been assigned the highest grade as part of their listing.
Almorah Cresent, historic environment detail
- Bouley Bay Pier (TR0116); - Jersey has a long maritime history and the most significant buildings that illustrate those seafaring traditions are of public and heritage importance. One of the most characteristic features of maritime Jersey is its small historic harbours and piers, such as at Bouley Bay. The harbours also rank as some of the Island's greatest architectural and engineering achievements.
Bouley Bay Pier, historic environment detail
- Jersey Opera House, Gloucester Street (HE0220) – a building of the best period of theatre and opera house design, which is comparable with good examples of the 1890s elsewhere in the British Isles. The only theatre of this period on the island, and a fine example of its type. Designed by Aldophus Curry and opened in July 1900 after the original building was destroyed by fire. Lillie Langtry was the first performer in the new building.
Opera House, historic environment detail
- Alexandra House, Carrefour Selous (LA0251) - a well-proportioned early nineteenth country shop and residence in a prominent crossroads location, with a very good survival of high quality interior features and exterior character: recorded as being in use as draper’s shop in 1861; now occupied by David Hick Interiors.
Alexandra House, Carrefour Selous, historic environment detail
- 9 (Lloyds Bank) Broad Street (HE0545) - A prominent, Classically-composed banking building of 1858, extended in the twentieth century. The detailing of the earlier building is of fine quality and artistic character which adds much to the heart of St. Helier.
9 (Lloyds Bank) Broad Street, historic environment detail
- Parish boundary stone (TR0096) – one of a series of carved and inscribed stones placed on the Island's roads to mark the boundaries between the historic parishes. Makes a considerable contribution to the island's distinctive character and represent a tangible legacy of its history and culture. The frame is inscribed '1888'; the respective tablets inscribed: Trinite J. Norman Connétable St Sauveur T. Le Gallais Connétable Included in the listing is an earlier marriage stone, which sits below the boundary stone, with an embossed inscription: 'P.LM M.LS 1687'.
Parish boundry stone, historic environment detail