La Citadelle

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La Citadelle, St Lawrence


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La Citadelle after its unique 16th century character was lost in 1960s renovations


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Property name

La Citadelle

Other names

Le Clos de Bas

Location

Rue de la Ville au Bas, St Lawrence

Type of property

16th century, or earlier, country house

Valuations

Families associated with the property

Datestones

  • 1590
  • PLF - Probably for Philippe or Pierre Le Feuvre, but with no date

Historic Environment Record entry

Previously known as La Citadelle. Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Two-storey, three-bay house. Round arched doorway.

Perhaps out of despair that the 20th century alterations apparently made the property unworthy of listing, the HER entry is terse in the extreme, mainly quoting a few paragraphs from Old Jersey Houses.

Old Jersey Houses

This old house has seven references in the index to Volume One, but all but one are to articles comparing features of La Citadelle with those found in other properties. For a property said to have one of the earliest dated stones on domestic buildings, the details provided are actually disappointingly brief. [1]

The article offers no explanation for the property's 'most intriguing name ' - now also lost with its rebranding as Le Clos de Bas.

The renovation work involved the removal of an ancient fireplace from the first floor bedroom, the filling in of the small window to the left of the entrance arch, the resiting of the 1590 datestone in the gable of the wing of outbuildings, and the loss of an ancient oake window.

Notes and references

  1. It is clear is that a very unsympathetic renovation project in the 1960s did nothing to preserve the antiquity of a unique building. By the time the concept of listing buildings was introduced in Jersey it was too late to save La Citadelle.
Just to compound the agony of such an unsympathetic modernisation of a 400-year-old cottage, it is now surrounded by a small estate of modern houses
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