Historic Jersey buildings
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12-16 Bath Street
- Formerly 28-36 Lower Bath Street
- Soleil Levant public house, now known simply as Soleil
Bath Street, St Helier
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Families and businesses associated with the property
The Soleil Levant was run for many years by the Liron family. Pierre Liron, born in the small commune of Vaudreville in Normandy, came to the island as a baby in 1863 and was shown as proprietor of the hotel on his 1920 alien registration card. Photographs on this page show that earlier proprietors included A Duport and P Coquet.
The pub has a long history of being the 'local' for the island's Breton and Normandy community - farmworkers who emigrated to Jersey, as did the landlord, and would gather on in large numbers on their day off - Saturday - in Hilgrove Street, which has been known to generations of islanders as French Lane.
Little more is known about the history of the business. There is a suggestion on a public house website that the pub had 'historical connections with the German occupation', but this has not been explained.
Historic Environment Record entry
Late Victorian hotel , public house. This building contributes in its scale and proportion to the streetscape.
Three-storey, seven-bay. Two bays to north separate building, third bay connects to four bays to south. Connecting bay two-storey, flat roof. Other bays paired and gabled.