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Northdale, St Ouen


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Property name


Other names

  • Northdale Cottage


Rue de La Ville au Neveu, St Ouen

Type of property

19th century country mansion


Sold in 2019 for £4.5 millioin

Families associated with the property

  • Payn: The property was built for either the Payn family, with the Payn family crest appearing above the central dormer ...
  • D'Auvergne: ... or for the d'Auvergnes, after the two families were united by marriage in 1795

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

This fine late 19th century house occupies a prominent position overlooking the coast and, with its highly ornate render ornamentation in the Renaissance-style, adds greatly to the island's unique architectural heritage.

Includes circa 1600 arch on roadside.

Late 19th century house, with possible earlier origins, retaining some fragments of an older property including a circa 1600 arched doorway.

Painted plain render finish with raised render quoin effect, three two-storey canted bay windows; the central one of which has balcony balustrade. Modern west extension.

Interior has central entrance, double pile. The entrance hall is divided by an arch and there is a ceiling rosette and eclectic-style running mould. The open mahogany staircase is circa 1890.

There are four-panel doors throughout and some of the ground floor rooms have large late 19th century rosettes. The marble fireplaces in the ground floor rooms are later replacements and the room divisions have been breached to form larger spaces, the breach now framed with classical paired pillars.

Roadside arch of traditional Jersey design, now composed of 11 stones (the arch appears to have been heightened with the inclusion of a pair of different coloured stones just below its shoulder stones, without these it conforms to the more usual 9 piece form), its hollow chamfer is stopped diagonally. The arch suggests evidence of an earlier property and survey work in 2020 identified the walls of the original building within the fabric of the dower wing to the west.

Old Jersey Houses

The inclusion of the property in Vol One appears to be based on the roadside arch. The author seems very uncertain about the age of the house. The connection to the D'Auvergnes through the marriage of Philippe to Rachel Payn is traced in the family genealogy to Francis Owen d'Auvergne, born in 1851. This would seem to contradict the HER attribution for the house of late-19th century. It is suggested in an addendum that the inclusion of the Payn arms (three trefoils) with the Dauvergne motto: Nous ne changerons jamais would record the marriage of Philippe and Rachel in 1795 'but has surely been incorporated in a house of somewhat later date. [1]

Notes and references

  1. It cannot be that much later, and certainly not late-19th century, as suggested by HER, because Rachel died in 1800, Philippe married for a second time in 1802 to Jeanne Gabourel, and he died in 1831

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