La Qualité

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La Qualite, St Lawrence


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Property name

La Qualite


Rue de la Fontaine St Martin, St Lawrence

Type of property

Two-storey cottage

Families associated with the property

In 1941 Alfred Pinel Le Sueur (1903- ), grandson of Alfred John, his wife Grace, nee Le Masurier (1903), and their children Doreen Mary (1928- ), Leslie Alfred (1929- ), Mazel Grace and Alan John lived here

In April 1940 Garnet Pepin Le Sueur (1919-2005) applied for a six-month postponement of his military call-up so that he could harvest the potato crop on his 17 vergee farm which he rented from his father, Alfred Pepin Le Sueur (1880-1941) who died a month after the family completed their registration forms in January 1941. Garnet was Alfred Pinel Le Sueur's younger brother. His absence in 1941 might suggest that his application to defer military service was unsuccessful.

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

A good example of a 17th century rural house with original vernacular features and character. Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Three-bay, two-storey house with rear outshot. Slate roof with pair of substantial dressed granite chimney stacks, with remnants of thatch dripstones.

Central bay with nine-stone round arch with chamfers and chamfer stops at base. Rear elevation has outshot with rounded tourelle stair extension and northeast room

The interior retains most of its ground floor plan. The particular features of interest are the stone tourelle stair, chamfered oak beams and beaded oak joists. The stone fireplaces are much altered - the east gable fireplace retaining one original set of uprights and an iron pintle; the west gable fireplace with a 17th century beam from upstairs reused as a lintel.

Old Jersey Houses

A single paragraph entry in Volume One plays on the name, and suggests that this is the only La Qualite in Jersey.

'It is indeed a very delightful one, so tucked away that it is not often seen'.

The author speculates that a large stone in the garden may have been a cross base.

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