Roche Bois

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Roche Bois, St Brelade


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Property name

Roche Bois

Other names

  • Rochebois
  • Maison du Val Essart


Mont es Tours, St Aubin

Type of property

19th century house with earlier 17th century house


No recent transactions

Families associated with the property


  • 1634 and 1648, no initials

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

A fine 1830s villa, with earlier 17th century house, in a scenic setting overlooking St Aubin's Bay, retaining original features of architectural and historic interest.

Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Regency house adjoining earlier four-bay 17th century house to west, with two-bay extension. Detached further west is late 19th century stable/coach house.

Classical-style garden temple, and entrance gateway to east.

Old Jersey Houses

The entry in Vol Two locates the house in Mont du Boulevard, but although there seems to be some disagreement about where this road ends and Mont es Tours starts, it seems clear that the house is on the latter road, as shown in HER.

The entry refers to the earlier property, Maison du Val Essart, built in about 1630.

The old part has a round arch measuring 7ft 3in by 4ft, higher than normal but apparently unaltered.

Two ground floor windows have their original accolade lintels, but all those on the first floor have been heightened.

The main bedroom has its end wall panelled in the typical early 18th century manner.

The new house, built by Hocquard, has mahogany doors and an imposing curved staircase which introudes into two rooms, forming a curved buttress within them.

Notes and references

  1. The family name was inexplicably spelt Major in the census. It was not a question of the enumerator, Frank Salmon Godfray, born in St Peter, not being familiar with the spelling of the Jersey family name, because he correctly entered the Mauger family living next door at Waverley Farm
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