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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
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- La Hougue Bie is where you’ll find one of the best examples of passage graves in Europe. Here you can find out more about life in a Neolithic community on Jersey around six thousand years ago. There is a medieval chapel on the mound now but it’s still a tranquil and spiritual place where you can stand inside the chamber of the grave itself. There is a museum too where you can discover more about this time and the German Occupation in WWII. Exhibits include coin hoards, axes, swords and spears. Read more about the impressive Prince’s Tower once situated at the site.
- St Saviour’s Church church existed at least as early as 1087 and is stone vaulted with a tiled roof, and has a central tower with a battlemented parapet and a stair turret. St Saviour’s church is linked with Lillie Langtry, the actress nicknamed “Jersey Lily”. She was born in the rectory, and married twice in the church. She was later buried in the churchyard in the family grave. There is a bust of Lillie carved in white marble on a granite plinth.
- Grosnez Castle is a ruined 14th-century castle in the north-west corner of the island of Jersey. Philippe de Carteret held it against the French when they held half of Jersey between 1461 and 1467, but it has been a ruin since the mid-16th century. Today, the ruins are open to the public.
- Samarès Manor is a manor house with medieval origins in the Vingtaine de Samarès, in the parish of St. Clement in Jersey, and is the traditional home of the Seigneur de Samarès. The name Samarès is an old French word meaning salt-marsh, and much of the low-lying surrounding areas are or were coastal marshes.
- Construction was started on Elizabeth Castle in the 16th century and it is located on a tidal island. Access to the castle is via a causeway from St Helier at low tide, or on a castle ferry. The ferries are wading vehicles that can reach the castle regardless of tide height, weather permitting. A one-way trip when the tide is high takes about 15 minutes. The site is a museum and among the historical displays is the regimental museum of the Royal Jersey Militia that holds several centuries of military memorabilia. There is also a museum that discusses the evolution of cannons and fortifications that holds several pieces from the nineteenth century, and earlier. Every Sunday through the season when the castle is open, a team of Historical Interpreters recreate the garrison of 1781, at the time of the battle of Jersey. They give displays of musket and cannon firing, and civilian life.
- Le Moulin de Quetivel is the last remaining working watermill in Jersey. The mill is set within woodland and gives the visitor a good idea of 18th century milling. The current mill dates to the 18th century but it is known that a watermill has been on this site since 1309. Limited opening times, for more information visit www.nationaltrust.je
- Faldouet Dolmen is a 5m long passage of 17 stones leading to a circular chamber surrounded by 4 chambers. Beyond that is a further horseshoe shaped chamber of 7 uprights covered by a huge capstone estimated to weigh 23 tons. It is likely that the horseshoe chamber was the original passage grave whose passage was dug out to make way for a second passage grave.