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Granite well and lavoir
The well and lavoir at La Rue de la Marais a La Cocque.

Times, Tides and Towers

Once you have reached the crossroads, turn right into La Rue de Fauvic and then first left into La Rue du Parcq. At the junction with La Rue de la Marais a La Cocque turn right and follow this lane to the end when you will reach the main coast road.

Traditional Jersey granite farmhouse
Fauvic Farm, a traditional Jersey farmhouse.

La Rue de Fauvic, which forms part of the inner road through St. Clement and Grouville, boasts some substantial farm houses from the early part of the 19th Century such as Fauvic Farm which dates from 1824. In this area of the island you will see a great number of such properties dating from this period which is indicative of the rise in wealth and status of Jersey's farming families.

Marriage stone from 1824
Marriage stone at Fauvic Farm.

Traditional Jersey architecture is usually in the form of two storey granite properties with the front door at the centre with a marriage or date stone above. Marriage stones usually depict the initials of a couple and the year of their marriage with entwined hearts at the centre. Some give the date of the property's construction. This gives the casual historian an idea of the date of properties with just a quick glance!

Junction for La Rue du Parcq
La Rue du Parcq.

Continue along La Rue de Fauvic, and then take the first turning on the left just after a property named Les Chenes Farm, into La Rue du Parcq. As you follow the lane through a narrow bend, take a moment to examine the wall to your left which is mostly covered in thick green moss and small ferns which thrive in the moist shady conditions.

Many birds and small mammals such as hedgehogs use moss for nesting material, so this wall may just be providing bespoke bed linen for the animal kingdom!

1930 water pump set  on steps.
1930 Water pump, restored in 2000.

Follow the lane around until it opens up to reveal a magnificent lavoir and water pump. You will be turning right here into La Rue de la Marais a La Cocque. The pump, which is set off the ground probably to allow those with carts and other vehicles to fill containers, dates from 1930. The lavoir was restored by the parish of Grouville in 2000 as a Millennium project.

Pump and trough at the lavoir
Pump and trough at the lavoir.

Lavoirs are public washing places which replaced the use of local streams for such purposes. Local people would have be bound by specific agreements covering their use of the lavoir as of course water sources were carefully guarded as whole areas might rely on the same stream or spring for all their needs.

Two Jersey cows in a field
Jersey cows out to pasture.

Further down the lane you will see a lush meadow, usually used to pasture cattle.( Jersey cows are a pure breed and are the only breed in the island since imports of other cattle were banned in 1763.) This land has a stream running through it which was also the water source for the lavoir at the head of the road.


Footpath on route of Jersey Eastern Railway.
Original route of the Jersey Eastern Railway.

The rest of the lane is bordered by private houses and agricultural land. Part of the former Jersey Eastern Railway route can be seen, as it has been preserved as a footpath. Having progressed from La Rocque Station it made its way to Fauvic just south of this lane and then on to Grouville and Gorey.


Junction with La Grande Route des Sablons
La Grande Route des Sablons.

You now need to continue to the end of this roads where it makes a T junction with the main coast road, La Grande Route des Sablons. You will pass a costume hire and fancy dress shop just before the junction. Just beyond this, should you require one, is a public telephone box.

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