1849 Godfray map index

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The map

Produced in 1849 by Hugh Godfray, a Map of The Island of Jersey on a scale of approximately 4.3 inches to a mile (1:14,735) shows all roads, lanes, houses and their proprietors at that date. (With the exception of the houses in the towns and villages, notably St Helier, St Aubin and Gorey). The map is some 55 x 40 inches, and is available from La Société Jersiaise.

Considerable changes are shown on the most recent maps of Jersey, notably the urban sprawl of St Helier and St Brelade, and also the addition of the airport in St Peter. The Official Leisure Map, produced by the Ordinance Survey for the States of Jersey in 1981 on a scale of 1:25,000 (about 2.5 inches to a mile) incorporates a GRID based on the UTM zone 30, Central Meridian 3 Degrees West (International Spheroid/European Datum). This Grid was used on the Godfray map as a reference for indexing the habitations.

Listed houses

The two-volume work by Joan Stevens Old Jersey Houses, (Published by Phillimore, 1965,1980) lists many of the houses shown on the Godfrey Map. Though some locations cannot be pinpointed with the data available, many are indicated as nearly as possible. Reference is made to the volume and page of the work cited. (OJH vol/page)

The index

The index, which was formerly on the late John Fuller's pages, was produced by Roland de Caen. Some 2,000 names of house proprietors are listed in alphabetical order by parish. In most cases only one initial is given for an individual, thus there is a certain ambiguity in the nomenclature, for a number of individuals may bear the same name or names starting with the same letter ( ie 'J' for Jean, John, Josué, Jacques, James etc). On the other hand a given individual may be the owner of several houses. Nearly all names on the map start with M, which stands for Monsieur.

Reference to the Grid system is for the most part only an indication in which 1 kilometer grid the subject lies (ie where the three digit numerals end in zero). Where possible a more specific location is given of houses in Old Jersey Houses.

Attribution to a Cueillette or Vingtaine is taken from that shown on the Godfray Map. The referral to 'Area' is more arbitrary, and is drawn from the Ordinance Survey map in part.

A section of the parish of St John, as shown on the 1849 map, indicates the type of detail it contains
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