La Valeuse

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Jersey houses

St Brelade:

La Valeuse


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La Valeuse in the 1870-80s


The name of this house is spelt La Valleuse in Vol 2 of Old Jersey Houses by Joan Stevens, but we believe that it should have a single 'l'. That is how the name of the road in which the house is located is spelt.

The spelling La Valleuse is not a typographical error because it can be found in more than one place in the book. Mrs Stevens suggests that the correct name is actually La Valeure, quoting the Appairiement of 1774, when the house was referred to as situated au pie de la Valeure, implying that it was at the foot of a hill called La Valeure. Valeuse is a Norman name for a small, dry valley.

There is a stone over the front door carved ELB 1766. This was Edouard Le Brocq, who was shown as owner in the Appairiement eight years later, in 1774. The datestone had a space which appears to have been left for the initials of Edouard's wife, but they were never added. It was also in 1774 that he married Anne Gibaut of St Lawrence. The marriage is recorded in the registers of both that parish and St Brelade.

Edouard, born in 1735, was the son of Philippe Le Brocq and Susanne Le Feuvre, who were married in 1726.

Mrs Stevens said that the property passed through the female line and by marriage to the Piton family, and that in 1858 it was bought by another relative, Jean Allez, from Jean Piton, son of Thomas. However, this must be open to doubt because there is no record of a Le Brocq-Piton marriage.

Second datestone

There is a second datestone - EHM ELR 1719 - which Joan Stevens locates 'near La Valleuse' and the Jersey Datestone Register, based on Mrs Stevens' listing in her book, describes as 'on a semi-derelict property at La Valleuse Farm'.

This stone was inscribed for Edouard Hamon and Elizabeth Le Rossignol, of St Brelade, who married in St Mary in 1708.

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