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Isle of Jersey, June 9 through 16, 2007

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Details of the Jersey side trip


What we will see and vist during the walking and bus tours


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What to see on the bus & walking tours

Our tour guide is working on the details. Some of places and things we expect to visit on the tour include:

Poingdestre manor home photoSwan Farm: built c.1490 on land owned by the Poingdestre family since the 13th Century. Our immigrant, George, probably grew up here. The home is today owned by a Jersey barrister, Jeremy Johnson. He grew up in the house and has worked to restore it.

Fief ès Poingdestre: On Jersey's North coast, maybe we will have lunch at a nearby pub. The Landers book provides more insight and history of the Fief. The fief daughtered out in the early 1700's when Marie Poingdestre inherited the estate. She married Phillippe Pinel of Trinity Parish.

photo of St. Saviour ChurchSt. Saviour's Church: The home church of the main branch of the Poingdestre family. George's uncle, Jean, is buried beneath the floors of the church, an honor held for only the most important families. The South Chancel is the oldest part of the church, built in the 12th Century. The church was restored at the beginning of the 20th Century. Near the altar is a Latin memorial to Jean Poingdestre (George's uncle), chaplain and secretary to Charles l. Jean also served as Lt. Bailiff of Jersey, filling in for the Bailiff, Sir George Carteret when he was in America setting up his new land grant (now known as New Jersey).

photo of Gorey and its castleMont Orgueil Castle and Village of Gorey:  Also known as Gorey Castle, it served as the seat of Jersey's government, military post and as a prison. Recent archaeolgical work has opened way to new interpretations and new exhibits. The village below the castle, believed to be the oldest settlement on Jersey, has probably been occupied since early pagans worshipped nearby at La Hougue Bie during the dark ages.

La Hougue Bie: A prehistoric dolmen (mound) built about 5,500 years ago by a farming culture and used as a sacred shrine and burial chamber. On top of the 40 foot mound is a medieval chapel.

Photo of entrance to the market in St. HelierSt. Helier: the capitol of Jersey's government and largest town on the island. Places to see include the Royal Square, Parish Church, Société Jersiaise, the Market, Elizabeth Castle, and many museums and other points of interest. There is plenty of sales tax-free shopping, too (Jersey has no VAT, or sales, tax). Next to Royal Square, in the States of Jersey government building's courtroom, the ceiling is adorned with the names of the feudal lords. Poingdester is one of those names. Elsewhere in the building is a large wooded sign listing all the baliffs of the island over the centuries. There are several Poingdestre's listed here.

photo of Jersey cows grazingHamptonne Country Life Museum: Restored in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Hamptonne family bought the property in 1633, and it was Laurens Hamptonne in 1649 that proclaimed Charles ll king in the Market Place in St. Helier. The buildings and grounds are now open to the public and depicts various forms of architecture from Jersey's past. It is also a working farm where one can begin to better understand how people worked and lived in days past.

photo of apple cider press made of stonePlus many more historical, cultural and exciting things to see and do.




Photo credits:

  • Swan Farm, St. Saviour, Mt. Orgueil by Jamie Poindexter, PDA webmaster.
  • Royal crest on entrance to the Market in St. Heleir, Jersey cows grazing, and Apple Cider Press are ©Jersey Tourism and used with permission.


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