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Historic environment review

Progress and outcomes

Jersey Heritage has completed heritage assessments of over 5,000 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 December 2017, the heritage status of nearly 4,500 building and places has been determined and it is envisaged that the review of most of the Island’s heritage assets will have been completed by early 2018.  Just under 350 cases remain to be concluded.

At a parochial level the eastern parishes of St. Clement, Grouville and St. Martin are essentially concluded, along with St. Saviour, St. Mary, Trinity and St. Lawrence. Outstanding cases here include ecclesiastical and archaeological sites. Good progress is being maintained in St. Helier too: with only 100 buildings awaiting designation: this 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.

The current focus of activity is St John, where just over 100 cases remain to be concluded, along with the completion of designation in St Brelade and St Peter.

Of those cases completed at the end of December 2017, 14% (over 600) 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 4,000 have been listed so far:

  • c.3% are at Grade 1
  • c.9% are at Grade 2
  • 55% are at Grade 3
  • 33% 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.

Grade 1

The Cenotaph (HE1274) – The Cenotaph was designed by Charles de Gruchy in an Art Nouveau style, and built of La Moye granite by Charles Le Quesne, being unveiled on Armistice Day 11th November 1923.

It is of considerable historic interest and is a poignant reminder of the tragic impact of world events on the Island community - continuing to this day as a focus for grief and remembrance. The inscription on the south side reads "OUR GLORIOUS DEAD - THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVER MORE"; on the north side "JERSEY A SES ENFANTS MORTS POUR LA PATRIE"

The Cenotaph, historic environmental detail

Grade 2

Peterborough House (BR0170) – A very fine merchants house c. 1690 with possible earlier origins, forming one of a terrace of similar properties, overlooking St Aubins harbour.

The front entrances were originally on the E and are now on the W onto La Rue du Crocquet.

The building retains considerable original historic fabric and features both externally and internally.

It has important historic associations with the Francois Jeune, 1806-1886, who became Dean of Jersey and later Bishop of Peterborough, after whom this house was named.

Peterborough House, historic environmental detail

Grade 3

German Occupation Site: inscribed bricks, Les Charrieres du Boulay (TR0122) – Two bricks bearing a rare inscription from the German Occupation period featuring the Cyrillic letters 'ROA' and date '1944', carved by a Russian volunteer in the German Army. The Russiskaya Osvoboditelnaya Armiya consisted of Russian PoWs who changed side

German Occupation site, historic environmental detail

Grade 4

White Lodge, Les Grupieaux (PE0029) – International Style house, by architect Jersey architect Arthur B. Grayson 1934, which, although altered, is of importance to the history of modern architecture in Jersey. Originally called Red Lodge.

White Lodge, historic environmnetal detail

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