La Chasse, St John

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La Chasse, St John


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Property name

La Chasse


Route des Chenolles, St John

Type of property



The property sold for £1.95 million in 2006 and £2.75 million in 2009

Families associated with the property



Normally a datestone gives a positive identification (or at least a strong clue) to the person or persons whose initials were engraved, but this stone at La Chasse is a complete mystery. The convention used for datestone initials was that the husband's name appeared on the left and the wife's on the right. The first letter of each group of initials represented the individual's forename, and the remaining letters indicated their surnames, split into syllables. In this case, one would expect to find a man with a forename beginning with K, and surname Le S.... married to a wife with forename starting with F, and surname with syllables beginning C, S and A. This does not fit anyone in our database of over 200,000 people. There are no baptism or marriage records for a man whose forename started with 'K'. The period covered by our records, and certainly those for the late 17th century, includes no Kevins, Keiths, Kyles or Kierans. LS could have stood for Le Sueur, Le Seelleur, Le Sauteur, or, perhaps more likely in 17th century St John, Le Sebirel. On the female side, F could have stood for Francoise, but C S and A are a complete mystery. Perhaps this could be a rare, almost unheard of, example of the wife's name appearing on the left and the husband's on the right. There were certainly Katherine Le Sebirels in that era. Could FCS stand for Francois and the surname be represented by 'A' alone? We have fed all possible permutations into our database and failed to come up with any married couple matching these initials.

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

A farmhouse retaining historic character and features, with associated farm buildings forming a courtyard. Contains some interesting chamfered stones dating from late 17th century.

Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Three-bay, two-storey house with various farm buildings.

Old Jersey Houses

Volume One discusses the two datestones briefly and suggests that the round arch was one of the last of its type to be created

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