Grève d'Azette

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Greve d'Azette
The Victoria Sea Baths, which were probably at Greve d'Azette, were advertised as 'free from sewer taint' and available hot and cold. The horse-drawn bathing machines were moved to the water's edge, allowing Victorian bathers to change and 'partake of the waters without offending public decency

As the first large expanse of sand beyond the eastern boundary of St Helier, Greve d'Azette has long been popular with beachgoers.

The parish of St Saviour has its only short stretch of coastline at The Dicq, to the east of Havre des Pas, which was developed as an exclusive seaside resort in Victorian times, and then comes Greve d'Azette as the St Clement coastline opens up in the direction of Green Island.

The remains of an ancient forest bed are buride only a foot below the sand, indicating that the island was somewhat larger in this quarter in days of old, although the construction of the Dicq, a dyke on the lines of those built in Holland, has ensured that apart from when it was overwhelmed in 1796 and 1812, the low-lying coastal area of St Clement has been kept largely dry.

The construction of a seawall gave further protection and enabled the whole area behind to be extensively developed in the second half of the 20th century, so that what was previously occupied by farmers and fishermen, became an extension of St Helier's urban sprawl.

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