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"Significant challenge ahead" to find funds for historic farm restoration

Sunday 20 November 2022

"Significant challenge ahead" to find funds for historic farm restoration

Sunday 20 November 2022

A St. Saviour farm dating back more than 200 years, which features an early Jersey apple crusher and other original features, has been gifted to a local charity for restoration - though there will be a "significant challenge" ahead to find the funds to do so.

La Ronde Porte, a two-storey 18th century farmhouse on Grande Route de St. Martin, was bequeathed to the National Trust by the late Philip Le Sueur.

The farmhouse is set back from the road with adjoining outbuildings and farmyard. There are detached single storey outbuildings at the east end of house. To the rear of these and further east, is a row of pigsties connecting to a two-storey bakehouse.


Pictured: National Trust CEO Charles Alluto said it was "humbling" to receive such a gift.

The bakehouse retains a corbelled fireplace with bread oven. The farm complex has been 'Grade 3 Listed' by Planning, which means it is deemed to be of "special public and heritage interest to Jersey, being important, good quality examples of a particular historical period, architectural style, building type, or archaeological site".

Stewart Newton, president of the National Trust for Jersey, said: "The National Trust for Jersey gratefully appreciates that the late Mr Le Sueur has chosen to place this very special property within our care for the benefit of the island.

"Such bequests are both an enormous privilege and responsibility, and the Trust will make every effort to ensure that La Ronde Porte is put in a good state of repair as soon as funds allow."

National Trust for Jersey CEO Charles Alluto added: "It is humbling when benefactors such as Mr Le Sueur leave their family homes to the care of the Trust.

"Equally, we have a significant challenge ahead in finding the necessary resources to repair and maintain La Ronde Porte.

"As ever we will work hard to deliver this objective as we have done in the recent past for similar historic buildings such as Brook Farm and Les Cotils Farm."


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