Friday, 22 February 2013

Low tide in Gorey Harbour

The beach at Gorey Harbour has been used for loading cargo since at least the Middle Ages. In 1685 Dumaresq wrote that Gorey was the most ancient port of the Island and described the pier as "old and decayed". In 1815, it was decided to rebuild the decaying pier to serve the 150 or so visiting oyster-fishing boats stationed in the port during the season. The work cost £16,000 and was completed by 1817 and, in the following years, hotels, chandlers and houses were built along the pier when the land beneath the castle was sold off by the Crown.

Today the harbour has been taken over by yachts and small craft.

Read more on This is Jersey.

For Scenic Weekends

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

St Brelade's Church

The date of the present church is unknown, but it is mentioned in deeds of patronage. In AD 1035, Robert of Normandy confirmed the patronage of the church to the monastery of Montivilliers, which shows that the church was here before 1035. The chancel is the oldest part of the building. The original building extended some six feet into the nave. It was then only a small monastic chapel. Early in the 12th century it became a parish church, so additions were made; and in the 14th-15th centuries, the roof was raised some two-and-a-half feet higher to a Gothic pitch. Information from Wikipedia

Church website.

For Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, 2 February 2013