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L'Armistice, St Brelade


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Property name


Other names

  • L'Espethance - today's name for the property
  • Petite L'Armistice
  • L'Armistice Cottage

These three names are shown in the HER listing of the house, which is described as L'Armistice in Old Jersey Houses and L'Espethance in the Jersey Datestone Register


Rue du Crocquet, St Aubin

Type of property

Town house on St Aubin's High Street

Families associated with the property

  • Kastel: William Kastel, a relative of Francois, married the sister of Jean Martel of St Brelade, who emigrated to Cognac in France and founded the famous brandy firm of Martell
  • Budd: The only Occupation registration card showing this address indicates that Mary Ellen Budd lived there


◊ I ◊ K ◊ 1700 - Perhaps for Jean Kastel. This stone was read by Joan Stevens and reported in the Old Jersey Houses entry as 1700 FK. It was viewed from close-up in 2000 and the attribution changed in the Jersey Datestone Register, on the recommendation of Collette Stevens, to WK 1700. It seems clear to us, however, from this photograph, that neither is correct, and that the stone reads ◊ I ◊ K ◊ 1700, with lozenge shapes before and after each initial

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

A fine townhouse of 17th century origins, extended 1700, retaining historic character, with characteristic early features of irregularly spaced windows to rear, and east gable. Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

End on to street. three storeys plus attic, five bays- three bays to east and two to west. Slate roof, Granite coping on west, massive granite stacks with dripstones, granite walls, pierre perdu on east, south and north. Stone coping with kneeler with datestone.

Three dormers, 19th century style. Granite lintels. Entrance on south to east has 20th century door, flanked by tall mullioned and transomed windows with opening casements. Rear has a number of irregularly spaced window apertures on all floors, mostly with 20th century windows. Doorway to far right reached via stone steps. West gable has flight of stone steps to doorway.

Old Jersey Houses

A brief entry in Volume Two explains that many windows in the three-storey house have been blocked in. The left side of the facade is said to be younger than the main house.

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