Herupe, Bouillon

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Herupe Farm, St John


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There are at least three, if not more properties in the Herupe district of the Vingtaine de Herupe, St John, known as Herupe Farm. This one is in Rue du Bouillon

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Although this would appear to be the most likely location for this 19th century photograph of a property called Herupe Farm, it is far from certain. It does not appear to match the facade of the property pictured on the right, in any respect, but there are known to have been substantial changes made more recently

Property name

Herupe Farm. There is more confusion over properties known as Herupe, Herupe Farm, Herupe Cottage and Herupe Farm Cottage than probably any other duplication of house names and postal addresses. The property shown in the box on the right is definitely in Rue du Bouillon, it is called Herupe Farm, and we believe that the datestones listed below are on this property, which has also been known simply as Herupe.

Listed separately in recent almanacs, on the opposite side of Rue du Bouillon, are Herupe Farm Cottage and La Herupe Farm (a strange, and inaccurate, combination of English and French).

The names are repeated in nearby Chemin de Herupe, where there is another listed building called Herupe Farm, which we previously believed to be the location of the old photograph above. We now believe that it is more likely to have been taken at this property, but still cannot be certain

Other names

Herupe

Location

Rue du Bouillon, St John

Type of property

Farmhouse, c1800

Valuations

Records of property transactions for the various houses including Herupe in their name are somewhat confused, but Herupe Farm, Le Bouillon, sold for £685,000 in 2001 and £1.1 million in 2015

Families associated with the property

  • Gruchy: The 1849 Godfray map shows the property occupied by P de Gruchy, but this would appear to be an error, based on the information provided by the stones. Although both Gruchys and de Gruchys were living in the Herupe vingtaine in the mid 19th century, it was the Gruchy family which owned one of the houses known as Herupe, or Herupe Farm.

Datestones

  • PNC 1766 - For Philippe Nicolle. Said in Old Jersey Houses to be two separate stones, but listed together by the Jersey Datestone Register
  • PGC ♥♥ RH 1799 - For Pierre Gruchy and Rachel Hamon, both of St John, who were married in St Saviour on 13 February 1779
  • PGC ♥♥ RHM 1807 - also for Pierre Gruchy and Rachel Hamon, this stone is said in the Jersey Datestone Register to now be on Herupe Cottage

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

Circa 1800 farmhouse, retaining historic character and some original external and internal features, including good stonework to façade and large corbelled granite fireplace. Two datestones representing Pierre Gruchy and Rachel Hamon. Two-storey, five-bay house. Pitched slate roof with dressed granite chimneys, with thatch dripstones. Five dormers to each pitch. Front elevation: dressed granite façade with dressed stone quoins. Granite rubble above first floor windows where roof heightened in 1970s.

Central doorway with lintel above dated 1799. Single storey granite wing to east gable - possibly former washhouse.

Old Jersey Houses

It is not entirely clear from entries in both books which properties are being described. There is no indication of which road they are situated in and, the property in Volume Two with the Gruchy datestones is said to be to the west of the property in Volume One with the Nicolle datestone. The datestone register and HER entry suggest that they are all at the same property.

In an addendum to Volume One the author says that the Nicolle family owned the house from the early 18th century until about 1865, when it was sold to the Simons. This contradicts the Gruchy stones and suggests that Joan Stevens was as confused by the various Herupe properties as we are.

An outhouse to the east was known as La Boutique, used in connection with the knitting trade, in which several families in the area were involved.

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