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Press Release issued by National Trust Jersey - 12.09.19

 Heritage Open Day Saturday 21st September

 Kindly supported by the Jersey Development Company

Heritage Open Day celebrates Jersey’s built heritage by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open or would normally charge an entrance fee. The event is part of the national celebration of architecture, history and culture in association with the National Trust in the UK and is being supported in 2019 by the Jersey Development Company. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy these sometimes hidden, often curious and always interesting places.

This year the Trust is opening several of its properties including:-

  • Number 6 the ‘Foot’ Buildings in Pitt Street
  • Grève de Lecq Barracks – now the headquarters of ArtHouse Jersey
  • Bellozanne Abbey
  • Le Rât Cottage
  • Morel Farm
  • The Elms main house and outbuildings
  • Le Moulin de Quétivel and WWII bunkers in St Ouen’s Bay


Special events and activities will be taking place at some of the properties including teas at The Elms where the joinery workshop will be open for demonstrations, volunteers will also be on hand in the walled garden and visitors can walk around the cider apple orchard.

Open Milling is also taking place at Le Moulin de Quétivel in St Peter’s Valley. Visitors can come along to the only remaining working watermill on the Island and experience the milling process from start to finish. There will also be free guided walks with Blue Badge Guide Jean Treleven from Mill Pond to Le Moulin de Quétivel and from Le Moulin de Quétivel to Le Moulin de Tesson where you can visit the Steam Engine Room

The Jersey Fortification Study Group will be opening the Water Storage bunker at ‘Sands’ known as the ‘RN high Tower’ and also the bunker situated in the Wetland Centre.

The Trust is also organising two walking trails. Antony Gibb, Vice President of the Trust, will be leading a ‘town trail’ through St Helier starting at the Royal Square and ending up at the ‘Foot Buildings. The trail will pass iconic retail outlets such as Gallichans, Hamon’s and the refurbished Jack Will’s store together with a brief foray into the Georgian House at 16 New Street. 

The second trail is around the beautiful parish of St Lawrence, with Blue Badge Guide Tom Bunting. The trail will start at St Lawrence Parish Hall and meander around the parishes’ ‘green’ lanes before visiting Le Rât Cottage.

The properties will be open from 10am until 4pm and will be signposted from the nearest main road. Our team of volunteers will be available at each of the properties acting as house stewards.

The trails will be advertised on the National trust for Jersey website and although free will be bookable on or by calling the office on 483193.

This year’s Heritage Open Day is being supported by the Jersey Development Company, Managing Director Lee Henry said: “We are delighted to support The National Trust for Jersey’s Heritage Open Day. The Trust is the Island’s largest landowner and carefully protects the natural environment and historical buildings within its ownership.  The Heritage Open Day gives islanders the opportunity to visit some of the superb properties the Trust has saved and restored over the last century. We too have played our part in protecting Jersey’s history by recently restoring the former Jersey College for Girls to its former glory. We wish the trust every success with this year’s Open Day and encourage islanders to use the opportunity to freely visit the historic properties on 21st September.”



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