Greve De Lecq Barracks
Built at the height of fears of a Napoleonic invasion, these early 19th century barracks are the last remaining in Jersey and present an exciting opportunity to learn more about this interesting period in Jersey’s military history.
One of the few sheltered bays along the North Coast, Grève de Lecq has always been vulnerable to attack. In 1779 it became apparent that the French were making plans to invade Jersey, with half of their expeditionary force landing at Grève de Lecq, measures were immediately put in place to defend the bay. In direct response to a potential invasion by Napoleon, the defences were further developed in the early 19th century. At their peak the bays defences included Le Câtel Fort and Battery, Middle Battery, Valle du Fort Battery and a Round Tower. Manning these substantial defences required many troops and subsequently the construction of the Grève de Lecq Barracks began in 1810. The Barracks were designed to accommodate up to 250 garrison troops stationed in the Island and were an integral part of the Island’s defence strategy for the north coast.
Without the need for protection in these peaceful times, today the Barracks are open to the public where you can admire the sympathetic restoration of the main dormitories, the office quarters, the wash rooms, cells, ammunition stores, stables and store room. Visitors can explore the Island’s military history and can even discover the life of a 19th century solider. The Barracks is also home to a delightful wildlife interpretation centre showcasing the natural wonders of Jersey’s land and marine flora and fauna.