Discover: Places to Hire
16 New Street
Constructed in the 1730s, 16 New Street is undoubtedly the finest remaining Georgian town house in St Helier and, as such, presents a wonderful example of the elegant architectural style and fashions of 18th century Jersey. The property has been described by Sir Philip Bailhache, former Bailiff of Jersey, as “a lost jewel in the crown of the architectural heritage of Jersey”.
16 New Street began its life as part of a speculative development initiated by the Durell family. With its fine panelled interiors and detailing, the house epitomised early Georgian taste. However, by 1812 architectural fashions had changed and the new owners of the house, the Journeaux family, initiated an extensive refurbishment programme to reflect the new Regency style. This involved the replacement of all the windows at the front of the house, along with window sills and door casings, the truncation of the roof, and the installation of a fine marble fire surround in the drawing room.
As a result of the bankruptcy of Phillipe Journeaux in 1850, the property was acquired by the firm of A. de Gruchy & Co. It then became a letting house before being taken on by the Liberty gentlemen’s Club. The Club removed partitions on the first floor of the house in order to install their billiard tables. When the Liberty Gentlemen’s Club departed in 1909, the Jersey Young Man’s Christian Association (YMCA) moved in, removing further partition walls for their snooker and table tennis tables.
When the YMCA left in 1964, de Gruchy’s established their curtain and blind manufacturing workshop on the ground and first floors, using the top floor for storage. The workshop operated until the late 1970s and the building became a surplus storage area. For the next twenty years the house was neglected and gradually decayed until the parapet gutters gave way.
Functions & Events
The house can be hired out for a variety of functions including civil wedding ceremonies, corporate meetings, lectures, dinners or for evening soirees. For more information on hiring this property please visit the Hiring 16 New Street page. Alternatively you can call the Trust office on 01534 483193 or email email@example.com
16 New Street is located in the heart of St. Helier beside De Gruchy’s Department store and opposite St Paul’s church.
Make the most of your visit
Our Georgian cook/housekeeper is in residence every day, so you’ll get the chance to sample Georgian treats in our living history kitchen. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for sights and sounds of the original inhabitants.
Have a look at our events calendar for information on historical talks, lunchtime concerts and other events throughout the year.
Don’t forget to visit the National Trust for Jersey’s first dedicated shop which is stocked with a unique selection of books, cards, textiles, local foods and art & craft.
We spent the evening with friends and family partying at the remarkable 16 New Street, which really did live up to the occasion. My partner’s favourite book is ‘Pride and Prejudice’, so she was able to pretend to be Lizzie for the evening. Luckily, there was no lake from which I was expected to emerge!
Ramsay CudlippParty at 16 New Street
National Trust Property
TripAdvisor – 5 of 5 stars
This was a delightful property to visit. The guides were informative, especially the family cook in the kitchen. She even had some nibbles to taste! Because it was such a miserable day the candle effect lighting in the house really gave a good impression of how it was to live by candle light. Sadly the house is now surrounded by the town, but it’s possible to imagine how impressive it must have been standing in its own grounds. The NT have done a great job in restoring it to its former glory. Really worth visitingGeorgian House 16 New Street
Step back in time
TripAdvisor – 5 of 5 stars
A beautifully restored house where you can feel the family have just left the room you are in. Some surprising experiences and a fascinating place to take older children. Super shop too with different kinds of products to purchase. Free entry for National Trust members.16 New Street