Le Colombier stands on the Fief de Jourdain Payn, and can rightfully be called a manor. As such it is one of the island's lesser known, but neverless historically and architecturally important manors. The small Fief also surrounds St Lawrence Parish Church.
The fief was named after Jourdain Payn, who in 1331 held his franc fief in St Lawrence, which was to become the fief qui fut a Jourdain Payn. The fief and its manor passed throughn successive generations of the Payn family until the middle of the 16th century, when it passed by the marriage of John Badier to Aubine Payn into the Badier family of St Martin.
The fief remained with them until the 18th century. In 1701 Catherine Badier married Elie Payn of St Lawrence and on her death it reverted to the Payn family, when it was inherited by her son Elie. It passed down through several more male Payn generations until Augusta Frances Payn inherited it. She married George Lodge in 1868, and they were the grandparents of a Mr Wright, who owned the manor in the 1960s. His family sold the property in 1999, bringing to an end over 600 years of descent through successive generations of the same family.
Because the property had never been sold over such a long period, there was no record of it in the Land Registry, and much work was involved in establishing its exact boundaries, which were enshrined in a deed of arrangement registered with the Royal Court.
The colombier (dovecot) after which the property is known is to the east of the house and has a shield inscribed 1669 with an eagle between trefoils and the initials GBD for George Badier. This is probably a date for the rebuilding of an earlier structure. By 1927 it was in an advanced state of ruin and was fully restored.
Today's house was built in the 18th century and the third storey, rare in Jersey, was added later. A lintel over the front door is inscribed 17 PP ♥♥ AMR76, for Philippe Payn and his second wife Anne Marett.
To the west are much older buildings which, in the 20th century, were in use as a farmhouse and outhouses. They former part of the earlier manor house and have been dated to the 15th century. They were once described as le manoir de Raoulin Payn le viel. This Raulin died in 1453, but his ancestors had clearly owned the fief, and on it undoubtedly a home of some sort, for at least a century before.
1851 census - 'Landed proprietor' Francis Payn (1780- ), his wife Jane, nee Journeaux, and their his daughters Jane, Ann, Harriet and Julia, all in their 30s, plus one servant and a labourer