Daly's

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Still known as Daly's in the 1950s
Daly's in 1900, an ornate frontage showing the full Captain John Giffard treatment

The public house in Mulcaster Street, St Helier, now known as the Lamplighter, was originally known as Daly's Hotel, after its proprietor. Later it was renamed La Grappe de Verjus and then The Grapes. Before alterations in 1960 the original facade of the hotel was one of the most imposing in the street. The most striking feature, which has been retained, is the statue of Britannia above the second storey, with garlands of fruit and ornate pillars which used to reach the ground, but have been retained only to first-floor level. Ironically it was when the pub changed its name from Daly's to The Grapes that it lost its lower glory.

This was the work of Captain John Giffard, and it is described as follows in The Historical Hotels and Inns of Jersey by Philip Ahier and W S Ashworth:

At its vertex can still be seen a statue of Britannia seated on her throne, trident in hand; on her right is the recumbent lion while on her left is the elliptical shield containing the Union Jack. Below this ornamentation were the two cupid boys usually associated with the God Bacchus. These are now placed one each side of Britannia. In a line with the boys, on opposite sides of each, were two urns from which dangled a garland of replicale of fruits from which wine, perry, cider and other alcoholic beverages are made. Below the two urns were the semi-circular columns; on each were representations of acanthi superimposed with bunches of grapes. Between those columns stood a man and woman typical of workers in a vineyard; the man was depicted as squeezing the grapes while the woman held a tumbler to receive the juice. Descending to the ground floor were three decorated semi-circular columns ornamented with grapes, hence the local expression, "la grappe de verjus", but the piece de resistance was the two grotesque heads with decayed teeth, protruding tongues and bleary eyes, standing on either side of the main entrance to the hotel. The heads looked so debauched that Captain Giffard must have inserted an ironical touch in the design of the facade. They were removed in 1960.
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