Avranches Farm

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This property is believed to date from about 1750, and the interior tourelle staircase is evidence that structures of this type survived later than previously suspected.

The only evidence available about owners and occupiers of the farm is a datestone, IGB ♥ MDP 1767, representing Jean Gibaut and Marie Du Pré, both of St Lawrence, who were married in St Helier in October 1747. They appear to have had just the one son, Jean, born in 1748.

Historic Environment Record

This is the description of the property on the Jersey Heritage 2020 website

"A 18th century farm house and associated farm buildings, with earlier origins, retaining some original features and character. J Stevens refers to late example of tourelle staircase circa 1750. Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795. 4 bay, 2 storey house. Farm buildings, single storey on the west and 2 storey on the east forming courtyard at front. House: Front (south) elevation: Slate roof with rooflights. Fleur-de-lis ridge tiles. Rendered chimneys. Random rubble. Dressed stone quoins. Quoined window surrounds to windows on easternmost bay. Others with uprights, heightened on first floor, heightened by 1 quoin and lowered by 2 on ground floor. Door surround with uprights, lowered and heightened. Date on lintel. Farm building wing on west: Slate roof. Random rubble. Gable stone. Inscribed quoin at junction with south gable wall: IGB MDP 1767. The initials stand for Jean Gibaut and Marie du Pré. Various openings and variously altered, some with uprights. Rear elevation rendered. Farm building wing on east: West elevation: Hipped slate roof. Piere perdu render. Stone window lintel. Openings adjusted. East elevation: Hipped slate roof. Stone and brick window surrounds. Farmsteads make a major contribution to the distinctive character of Jersey. Their siting in the landscape relates to the way in which the Island has been settled through history, and the overall scale, form and character of Jersey’s farmsteads is the result of their historical function and development to the present day."
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