Les Fontaines Tavern

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Les Fontaines Tavern, St John


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Property name

Les Fontaines Tavern


Route du Nord, St John

Type of property

15th century farmhouse, now a public house [1]


No recent transactions

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

An early vernacular farmhouse, circa 15th century, which retains significant historic features internally - of particular note is the fireplace, beams and openings on south wall. Two of three ancient roof-trusses survive, oak with upper king-posts, purlins and three original common rafters, probably marking a re-roofing of the early 17th century.

Facade, now internal wall, has arched doorway (carved ‘cordon’), accolade cill, blocked pigeonnier holes. Back door which is an unusual feature in Jersey. Bi-partite fireplace - evidence of hall.

Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Now public house. Original house subsumed into tavern, original front south wall now inner wall. 20th century extensions to south and east. Slate roof with stone chimney to east gable. Pantiled roof lean-to extensions to north wall. Walls random rubble. Original south wall has chamfered arched doorway, with chamfer stops and a chiselled outer row of false voussoirs; extended chamfered window openings to east.

Main bar is original house, now open plan. Rough hewn, chamfered beams, with chamfer stops, run north/south. On east gable is bi-partite fireplace. Stone sink set into south wall.

Old Jersey Houses

The inclusion in Volume One, which would suggest a property of 17th century or earlier origins, makes no attempt to put any date on it. There are reference to the arch and two windows, and to the volieres a pigeons (pigeon holes) which, it was said, 'are not likely to be very old'.

Notes and references

  1. There is considerable dispute about the age of this property. The HER record suggests 15th century, whereas the owners in 2021 claimed only 17th century. Although the property was mentioned briefly in Old Jersey Houses, no attempt was made to date it
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