The first recorded watermill on the site was the property of the Crown in 1309 and during the following centuries Le Moulin de Quétivel changed hands and was rebuilt several times. The present building, dating back to the 18th century, marks the height of milling in Jersey. When in use, the mill would grind wheat imported from Eastern Europe and export flour as far afield as the United States and Canada. Le Moulin de Quétivel ceased functioning at the beginning of the 20th century, only briefly being brought back into use during the German Occupation. Once closed, it slowly fell into disrepair and burnt down in 1969. The mill was restored by the Trust in 1978 after having obtained a 99 year lease from Jersey Water, earning the organisation an award from the Civic Trust.
Le Moulin de Quétivel attracts many visitors and locals alike during the summer months. Fully operational, each year on ‘Open Milling Day’, wheat is ground to produce flour, which is available for sale in the small shop situated on the ground floor. Open Monday and Tuesdays from May until the end of September, visitors can ‘meet’ the Miller and his wife and enjoy tea and coffee and homemade cakes on the ground floor. Well behaved dogs are also welcome! Now it is hoped that children will marvel at the old water wheel as it generates electricity to power an interactive video and light display unit which features a film on hydro power plus footage from a ‘Squirrel Cam’ installed in nearby woods. All part of a new ‘Climate Hub’ at the mill featuring two floors of informative displays on climate change, and two iconic local species; bats and red squirrels. Importantly, the exhibition provides simple take-away actions that visitors can do to help curb climate change and conserve our wonderful local wildlife.
The mill is situated at the southern end of a long meadow and is surrounded by woodland where visitors can discover a rich variety of flora and fauna. Eager explorers can take a walk along the beautiful woodland footpath that leads up the valley to the mill pond. There is a footpath that follows the stream down the valley to Tesson Mill, which houses the remnants of a steam engine room, open to the public, before continuing down to the beach a further 1km away. There is a new cycle path that links St Helier with the mill.