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Architecture and the people of the past – Heritage Open Day
9 September 2017, 2:00 pm–4:30 pmFree
Join local Blue Badge Guide Sue Hardy on a guided walk around the Victorian splendours of Havres des Pas as part of Heritage Open Day. Various industries have helped shaped Havre des Pas; shipbuilding, agriculture and even the military given the proximity of the Town Hill and battery at Fort d’Auvergne. It wasn’t until the turn of the nineteenth century that major development took place. The 1891 census notes “Many houses have been built in this district during the last ten years. It has become the fashionable quarter of the town and many families have taken their residence in it.” A 1896 guidebook states, “On the sea front eastward of the harbours of St Helier, what was until recently but a cluster of fishermen’s cottages has now developed into an important and fashionable suburb, with some of the finest private houses in the Island.” In the twentieth century tourism became the major force with hotels and guesthouses dominating the area.
An iconic development at the end of the nineteenth century was the Jersey Swimming Club bathing pool. The club itself was set up in 1865 after an incident at Havre des Pas involving two young boys. One of their crowning glories was the opening of the bathing pool on 22 May 1895. Originally the pool was supposed to be just for ladies with the club intending to build another for men at La Collette but this idea was soon abandoned. The pool became a mixed venue and has since been frequented by thousands of both locals and visitors. Another major construction that affected the area of Havre des Pas was the building of the Jersey Eastern Railway. Work began on the line in 1872. The walk will start at Howard Davis Park and is free and will end with a Jersey Cream tea at the Ommaroo hotel (cream tea at own expense).