La Vieille Maison, St O

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La Vieille Maison, St Ouen


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Property name

La Vieille Maison

Other names

  • Grantez Cottage


Rue de Grantez, St Ouen

Type of property

Property with 15-16th century origins


The property appears to have been divided:

  • La Touche de Vie, 2 Grantez Cottages was sold for £365,000 in 2007
  • l'Enclume, 1 Grantez Cottage was sold for £538,000 in 2008

Families associated with the property

  • Langlois

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

An early example of domestic architecture in Jersey, with possible 15th century origins, retaining historic character and vernacular features.

J McCormack Channel Island Houses places the main build phases as 15th and 16th century - the façade believed to be original. Later changes include alterations to the main doorway, which is probably a re-cutting (18th century?) of an earlier round arch. [1] Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Two-torey house of an irregular 4-5 bays form. Slate roof, with granite chimneystacks on west gable and east cross wall.

Front elevation is early façade of random granite construction, with some roughly squared stonework and substantial quoins. The arrangement of window apertures is irregular, and includes three chamfered long-and-short surrounds west of the entrance, with accolade detail on ground floor second bay lintel; the other openings more roughly dressed stonework. The central entrance doorway has large base stones, and an arched head which has been squared off to the inner edge.

Old Jersey Houses

The doorway to this cottage is, as far as we know. unique, and might be considered a transition between a round arch and a straight topped door. But it is more likely that it was the whim of the owner or the mason, who decided to make something out of the ordinary. The result is rather strange.

All the windows appear to be original and not to have been enlarged. Two on the first floor, and one on the ground floor are chamfered.

Notes and references

  1. But see Old Jersey Houses entry below
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