Les Ifs

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Les Ifs
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Owners

This property was owned from the 15th century until the early 18th century by a branch of the Le Breton family. It then passed to Nicolas du Feu, son of Richard, when he married in 1709 Marie Le Breton. Towards the end of the 18th century the house again passed by marriage, from the du Feu to the Cabot family, as indicated by a datestone ICB EDF 1789. The significance of the date is uncertain because the stone refers to Jean Cabot and Elizabeth du Feu, who married in 1769, and had three children, Elizabeth (1770- ), Jean (1772- ) and Marie (1775- ). The date may therefore refer to building work on the property. The Cabots still owned the property in the mid 19th century, when J. Cabot was shown as occupier on the 1849 Godfray Map.


Datestones

A datestone on the north elevation of the old house was inscribed 17 RDF 35, for Richard du Feu, the then unmarried son of the above Nicolas du Feu and Marie Le Breton. Elsewhere was a stone inscribed RDF 1746 EG commemorating the same Richard, who had now married, in 1737, Elizabeth Gruchy. Another datestone is inscribed ICB EDF 1789. The stone refers to Jean Cabot and Elizabeth du Feu, who married in 1769, as discussed above.

A gatepost had a stone inscribed IFCB♥♥MAJN 1852 for Jean Francois Cabot and Marie Ann Journeaux.

Demolition

This 15th century house, evidently enlarged in subsequent centuries, was demolished and rebuilt with the original stone in the 20th century.

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