Bagot Manor Farm

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There was a house on this site, accompanied by a chapel, a vivier and a colombier, from 1500, or even earlier. Since then it appears that there have been probably three replacement houses, although two were standing together for a long period.

Benjamin La Cloche’s diary refers to the rebuilding of the eastern end of the manor in 1637, followed three years later by the rebuilding of the western end. This house was demolished in 1935, when a benétier was discovered. It is now in the hands of La Société Jersiaise.

Today’s house dates from the early 18th century, and it is known that it took the place of an older house facing south.

Messervy

It was Philippe Messervy, son of Philippe, son of Richard, who underook the alterations in 1637 and 1640. The tenure of the younger Philippe, born in 1594 and married to Marie Pipon in 1616 is recorded in one of the four engraved stones at the property. The stone is dated 1628, and presumably coincided with some alterations prior to the major rebuilding the following decade.

Another records the marriage in 1559 of his grandfather Richard Messervy to Mabel Dumaresq, widow of Thomas Lempriere. The three family arms are included on the stone, as is that of the de Carterets, although why this should be is not known.

The property passed from the Messervys on the marriage of Rachel Messervy to David Bandinel in 1657. A further stone from 1731 carried the initials of their son George.

Contract

The property was sold by Matthew Gosset to Jean Vautier in 1902, and the contract mentions le colombier, le douet, la fontaine, le vivier ou étang, le droit de chapelle, la Chapelle de St André, ci devant située proche le susdit manoir de Bagot, tombée en ruines. (The dovecot, stream, spring, vivier or pond, the right of chapel, the Chapel of St Andre, anciently situated near the said manor, and now fallen in ruins0.

As Joan Stevens records in Old Jersey Houses - Volume 1, this confirms that there was a manorial chapel there, dedicated to St André. There is a field known as Jardin de la Chapelle. An entry in the Registry of the Secretariat of the See of Coutances (1487-1557) says: 'On the twentieth day of the aforementioned month (March) for a licence to celevrate in a certain chapel of St André recently erected in the parish of St Saviour in the island of Jersey'. A further entry for 1496 says: 'THe fifteenth day of April there was granted licence for celebration in the chapel of St André founded in the parish of St Saviour in the Island of Jersey'.

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