La Vallette, Gorey

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La Vallette


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We currently have very little information on this striking Gorey property


The house was occupied by the Durell family during the Occupation - Mary Elizabeth (1865- ), Sydney (1895- ), Kathleen Elsie (1923- ) and Derek Charles (1927- ). It had previously been owned by Francis and Alice Gibaut, who sold it to emigrate to Canada.

Kerrich family

In the 1860s the house was purchased by the Kerrich family. Thomas Kerrich was a native of Harleston, Norfolk, but had lived in Florence, Italy, for many years, working as a banker. He married Harriet Frances Baring in 1827 at Florence - she was a niece of the 1st Baron Ashburton. Their daughter Marion married Gordon Springett.

Thomas Kerrich died at La Valette, on 19 April 1865, aged 62. The following year, his widow Harriet sold the house. It was advertised in the Nouvelle Chronique de Jersey on 22 August 1866.

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