The History SectionLa Section d'l'Histouaithe
Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday September 19th 2006 at 5.15pm, Members' Room
6. Forts and Towers Working Party report
6.1 Mike Lees is away so there was no report. Bob Le Sueur passed on copies of Mike's papers on Lewis and Seymour Towers and La Tour Carrée. [Copies with official minutes].
7. Members' contributions
7.1 George Langlois reported that boring for water is under way on the Pine Walk, St Catherine. The project is being reported in the JEP.
7.2 Peter King circulated a pre WW2 photograph of Green Island, showing beach bungalows on the area, which is now a carpark. Bob Le Sueur said that other such bungalows were demolished at Grouville and St Ouen for their wood during the GO.
7.3 Nick Jouault said that the closing date for the Photographic Competition is September 31st.
7.4 Alec Podger confirmed that Michael Lampier was Michel Lemprière, one of the trustees for the sale of the late King's goods (Charles II), with Philip Carteret (July minutes). He circulated an Internet reference to a cowboy book by Jake Logan called Slocum and the Jersey Lily, Jove Books, 1999. [Copy with official minutes].
7.5 Wendy Tipping commented that her family much enjoyed their visit to the Manoir Jacques Cartier when a knowledgeable Anglophone student showed them round.
7.6 Andy Harris raised the subject of perquage paths and asked why St Ouen had two such paths. Marie-Louise Backhurst said that the paths were to do with mills and streams. The parish church provided sanctuary only. Chris Aubin's definite article on the paths is in the SJ Bulletin for 1997 where he disproves the belief that perquages were sanctuary paths.
7.7 Bob Le Sueur said that it was highly likely that local windmills were thatched. Quetivel (water) mill was partly thatched; mills frequently caught fire because of the roof thatch. Frank Falle answered his query about the Les Platons dolmen path and said that 1970 aerial photography showed a track.
7.8 Marie-Louise Backhurst is contributing a chapter on cholera in Jersey in 1832 and 1849 for a forthcoming book; she needs information on Sark, Herm, Jethou and Alderney. She has visited Bishopsteignton, Devon, to find out more about Edith Nicolle, née Noble, born there in 1812. Mary Billot said that Lady Otway was born Eliza Price Noble Campbell; she was a minor when she married in Marylebone in 1848. Marie-Louise is compiling a list of local maps showing fortifications, which needs checking against TNA (The National Archives) lists to see if Jersey has copies of them all. She would like to establish the date of the bulwarks at St Aubin. She bought a book on John Singleton Copley in Canada, which has sketches for 'The Battle of Jersey' on its endpapers. The sketches do not include buildings so she doubts whether Copley visited Jersey himself. She circulated a Sunday Telegraph article of August 27th 2006, which mentions Nick Jouault and the Ramsar site. She also circulated a photograph of a rock at Le Bourg, St Clement, incised with the letter 'G'; Nick Jouault considers that this is probably a doodle. [Notes with the official minutes].
7.9 Georgia Le Maistre saw an upright with a date of 1818 between two pigsties at Brook Farm, St Martin, and wondered if there had been an earlier building there. The National Trust for Jersey dated the three bay house from the mid to late C19; the outbuildings to the west are believed to be older. She said that the Environment Section has seen plans for the Gorey marina and carpark being promoted by the Gorey Boatowners Association.
7.10 Francis Corbet said that a surviving hut from the WWI prisoners of war camp at Blanches Banques, St Ouen, is to be made an SSI; it is now at a discreet location and is used as a farm building. Frank Falle said that Sir Martin Le Quesne had one at Beau Désert, St Saviour.
7.11 Frank Falle asked whether there was a clothing industry at Lessay and Coutances. Francis Corbet and Bertram Brée both confirmed that the flax industry was in the area. Frank said that there was a dedication to St Blaise in St John; the saint was patron saint of woolcombers.
8. Date of next meeting
Tuesday October 17th 2006 at 5.15 p.m. in the Members' Room if available, otherwise in the Arthur Mourant Room.