Historic Jersey buildings
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- Le Rat Cottage
Mont l'Évêsque, St Lawrence
Type of property
Two-storey, three bay cottage
Families associated with the property
Historic Environment Record entry
A fine example of local vernacular architecture of the 16th or very early 17th century. Typical of small Jersey houses of the period, of which very few remain unaltered.
Earliest known owner Jean Gibault 1606. 18th century additions. Purchased by the National Trust for Jersey 1937. The name may refer to a tax or payment due. Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.
Front elevation: Pantile roof, two granite chimneys with dripstones (rebuilt). Randomly coursed pink granite with dressed stone quoins and gable stones (some carving on kneeler). Thatch line visible. Windows have stone surrounds, including uprights. Windows have been heightened and widened.
Doorway has chamfered surround, including uprights and straight lintel. Matchboard door.
Small square window on first floor with stone surround and two small slits at attic level.
Features include stone fireplaces, original staircase and timber partition. Indication that it might have had a tourelle.
Old Jersey Houses
Despite its importance, the reference to this property in volume one is very brief:
'It has few distinguishing marks by which it can be dated. It is probably late 17th century, and is an excellent example of a small and fairly humble dwelling of the period'
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