Broadfields

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Broadfields

This old farmstead has three sections of very different vintages. A gable stone with the initials RLG 1675 (or 1676) indicates that the western end of the property is by far the oldest. The eastern wing is believed to date from exactly two centuries later and the central portion to around 1744. The property was in the Langlois family for many generations.

The different sections of the house have now been renamed as it has been divided into three properties.

The oldest section, whose datestone relates to Raulin Langlois, is now known as La Vielle Demure.

The middle house has been renamed Maison du Mitan and bears a datestone over the front door with the initials ILG and RLC and the date 1744 for Jean Langlois and Rachel Le Cras, who were married in St Lawrence in 1737.

In December 1839 Philip Marett purchased Broadfields from Jean Vibert. Philip was a great grandson of Jean Langlois and Rachel Le Cras. The 1841 census records Philip living at Broadfields with his wife Esther Elizabeth Janvrin, sons Henry and Frank, daughters Sophia and Jane, and one servant. On 22 January 1842 Philip Marett sold Broadfields to Edouard Esnouf, son of Edmond the shipbuilder.

By 1849, Godfray's map shows the occupant of the property as E Gibaut.

Broadfields Cottage

An addendum in Joan Stevens' Old Jersey Houses refers to Broadfields Cottage, without indicating whether she is referring to a part of Broadfields itself, or a different property.

She describes it as a rare example of an apparently 17th century single-storey house. She notes that there is a single-room extension on the western end with a stone roughly incised with PRM 1774, as well as a gable stone with the inscription PRM 1660, which, added to the ownership shown on Godfray's map of P Remon, suggests that the property was owned by the Remon family for some two centuries, and is distinct from Broadlands.

However, it has not been possible to identify a family tree which would tie in with these initials. It is possible that the PRM 1774 refers to a Philippe Mourant who was born in that year, the son of another Philippe and Catherine, but datestones celebrating the birth of a child are not common.

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