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Jersey's architectural gems celebrated in local author's new book

Jersey's architectural gems celebrated in local author's new book

Saturday 25 March 2023

Jersey's architectural gems celebrated in local author's new book

Saturday 25 March 2023

A local author and Blue Badge Guide has rounded up 50 of Jersey's most unique buildings and landmarks to create a book telling the story of the island's history.

The places featured in Tracey Radford's 'Jersey in 50 Buildings' range from churches to castles, follies to forts, wartime sites to lighthouses, and include many eras and architectural styles.


Pictured: Tracey's new book, Jersey in 50 Buildings, will be published next month.

Tracey is a dedicated historian with a First Class Open University degree in history and a Blue Badge Guide.

She moved to Jersey, home of her parents and grandparents, in her late teens and now lives in St. Brelade.

Raised on tales of island life from her Jersey-French grandmothers, Tracey’s love of Jersey, appreciation of its natural beauty, and understanding of its culture and history led to her becoming a site guide for Jersey Heritage in 2009.


Pictured: Local author and Blue Badge Guide, Tracey Radford.

She is also a founding member of 'Jersey Uncovered' — a team of professional, registered tourist guides whose tours and bespoke experiences help visitors, as well as locals, discover all things Jersey, from the Palaeolithic era to the present day.

Although she admits that history is her passion, Tracey says that she does have other loves and interests including skiing, keeping fit, the arts, and food and wine. But top of that list are most definitely her family and friends.


Pictured: One of the buildings featured in the book is Barge Aground, a boat-shaped folly that is the only survivor of pre-war beach huts.

Her new book — Jersey in 50 Buildings — will be published on 15 April 2023 in both paperback and e-book format. For the book, Tracey selected 50 buildings from the island that she feels reflect "Jersey’s incredibly rich and diverse story in a multitude of ways".

Many of the photos featured in the book were taken by Tracey's son, Barney De La Cloche.

Tracey hopes that her book will encourage people to find out more about this "beautiful, intriguing and unique little island".

Tracey is also the author of another book, 'A-Z of Jersey: Places-People-History', which was published in 2019.


Some of the local buildings featured in Tracey's new book...

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