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8 January 2018

Royal Square

Our feature picture this week, which comes to us courtesy of the Facebook group Jersey Temps Passe, is of the Royal Square, taken in the first half of the 1880s. We can be that precise because the photograph contains several clues. The date 1876 can be made out above the window on the ground floor of the four-storey building behind the statue of George II, if the photograph is magnified. A search of almanacs reveals that in 1880 George Brett, a publican, was living at No 18 in the corner, and his name can be seen on the front of the building. However, John Cooms was licensee of the Central Hotel at the time, and also when the 1881 census was held, so it must have been later than this. Both George Brett and John Cooms were Jerseymen. Our 1886 almanac shows F Vincent at the Central, and Mr Brett departed from the corner hotel, whose name we have been unable to discover, and replaced by T Parris, so it must have been earlier than that. The various groups of well-dressed gentlemen suggest to us that they might have been States Members, pictured before or after a sitting of the states in the building out of shot to the right of the photograph. The ground floor of the four-storey building to the right of the Central Hotel was occupied by printer and newspaper editor George Perrot. It would later become the offices of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

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