No 66 King Street

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66 King Street


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Mrs E C Boielle followed drapers Falle and Luce, whose name appears on the frontage of this King Street shop. For some time we believed the numbers to be 64, but accepted that they must be 66 because we had no record of Mrs Boille trading at No 64. We have now established, however, that Mrs Boielle moved from No 66 to no 64 next door by 1905, and remained there for over ten years


Early occupants

An 1833 commercial directory shows grocer T Baudains trading at No 66, followed in 1837 by a Mr Dauthreau. In 1841 cabinet maker John Russell is listed in the census, as well as other households and a livery stable.

Households

No 66 was unoccupied in 1851, but then came Metivier Lane, named after the Metivier family, who owned the neighbouring properties. Today this is a narrow passage between large commercial premises, but in 1851 there were 14 numbered properties, home to 24 households – a total of 84 people.

And what a mixture they were. Shoemakers, dressmakers, cigar maker, ship carpenters, washerwomen, seamstresses, fruiterers, mariners, cordwinders, sail makers, labourers, cooks, hawkers, a butcher’s boy, a painter and musician and a scriptural reader. Most were born in Jersey, but others came from England, France, Ireland and Guernsey.

Snow in King Street. The year is not known but Brooks are at No 66

By the time of the 1861 census, Metivier Lane appears to have been subdivided, and parts renamed, but the order in which properties are listed in the census is confusing. Between 56 and 58 King Street are areas known as King Street Gardens and Barber’s Lane and Metivier Lane, down to eight cottages, is shown between Nos 60 and 62. The area between Nos 62 and 64 is shown as Fructis Court and between Nos 66 and 68 was Confectioners Lane. The mixture of people living in these crowded rows of cottages was still much the same as it was in Metivier Lane in 1851.

Boielle family

Mrs E C Boielle, a draper, is shown in a 1903 almanac as occupying the shop at 66 King Street, in succession to Mesdames Falle and Luce. This is Jane Greenaway Boielle, nee Le Masurier, the wife of Jean Boielle, a descendant of a Huguenot refugee, Jean Boielle, who arrived in Jersey in the first half of the 18th century. Edward Clarence was a journalist and the family lived, not in King Street, but in Grosvenor Terrace, a fashionable address in Grosvenor Street at the eastern end of St Helier. She moved next door by 1905 to No 64.

Family records

Using church records, census returns and a short Boielle family tree at Jersey Archive it has been possible to build up a picture of this family, although it is clear that many family events were not recorded, or the records have been lost.

Jean Boielle married Elizabeth Sorel before 1738, and they had three children, Pierre, Jean and Anne, whose baptisms were not registered in Jersey. In 1781 Jean married Elizabeth Picot, and they had a son Jean, who married Elizabeth Whitell, daughter of Jean, and was Edward Clarence Boielle's grandfather.

Although it has not been possible to confirm the link with 100 per cent certainty, it seems that the couple had another son, James, who married Elizabeth Le Sueur in 1810 and had four children.

Jean and Elizabeth Whitell had six children, Jeanne who died in her infancy, Elizabeth, another Jeanne, Anne, Jean Philippe and George. George, who was born in 1819, is shown in the 1851 census living at 6 Metivier Lane, his profession being a scriptural readerer. Ten years later he has gone into business selling fancy toys and living at No 62 King Street, which adjoins the lane.

The annual outing of Brooks' newsboys, picture by Percival Dunham in about 1913

Home missionary

Ten years later he had left King Street and lived at 22 New Street, where he was shown in the census as a home missionary. His wife had died and George was shown as a widower. He soon remarried, however, and another son, Edward Clarence, was born the following year. Two of George's children by his first wife emigrated to New Zealand. Albert John married there in 1885 and his sister Georgina 11 years later.

What is strange is how many members of the family are missing from Jersey census returns. No Boielles at all are shown in the 1901 census, and although Edward Clarence, his wife, two sons and a daughter were present in 1911, and Mrs Boille was in business in King Street, the following year No 66 had new occupants. There are believed to be no Boilles remaining in Jersey today.

Chronology

  • 1833 - T Baudains, grocer
  • 1837 - Dauthreau, grocer
  • 1880 - J Stevens, draper
  • 1885-1900 - Mesdames Falle and Luce, drapers
  • 1903 - Mrs E C Boielle, draper
  • 1905 - W Bailey
  • 1910-1970 - Brooks, newsagent, stationers, C M Brooks, Mrs Brooks, Charles Brooks
  • 1980 - Ronald Keith
  • 1990 - Bodyshop

For a short time 66½ King Street was shown as a separate address

  • 1880-1885 - Mrs Waldron, confectioner
  • 1900-1903 - John Egre, confectioner
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