Jersey Times 1849 - 1

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2 February - 3 March 1849
Tuesday 13 February
Before the Bailiff, Sir Thomas Le Breton, and Jurats P De Ste Croix and P W Nicolle
Two months for stealing a spoon

A young man named Mackenzie was found guilty by the Jury of stealing a silver teaspoon from Beazer’s Temperance House, and sentenced by the Court to two months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

Tuesday 20 February
Before the Bailiff and Jurats Bisson and Arthur
Banished for a second time

Emily Bromsley, wife of James Reynolds, was placed at the bar for having returned to the Island before the expiration of the terms of her banishment. She was condemned to a month’s hard labour and three years’ banishment for the offence.

Family sent away
Tuesday 20 February

The Court ordered Mrs Rossiter and her family to be sent to County Wexford, her husband’s county, who has abandoned her with six children.


Building plots for sale in one of the finest parts of the Island - On Wednesday 7 March, 1849, building plots in one of the finest parts of the Island will be offered for sale by public auction at Mr Samuel Du Four’s, inn-keeper, near St Martin’s Church at four o’clock in the afternoon.

These Building Lots, measuring in front forty feet, and one hundred and seven in depth, situated in the said Parish of St Martin’s, and bordering in front on the High Road from St Martin’s Church to Rozel Harbour, and adjoining the houses recently built by Mr Abraham Le Huquet, opposite the Parsonage House.

A beautiful view of the Coast of France is enjoyed from the premises, the surrounding scenery is agreeable, the neighbourhood respectable, the distance to Gorey and Rozel is only one mile, to St Catherine’s Bay Government Works only a few minutes’ walk.

It will be optional to the purchasers to pay the amount of sale either in cash or rents. For further particulars, apply to Mr John Mollet, Haie du Puits, House, or to Mr Edward E le Sauteur, Builder, Devon Villa, St Martin’s.

Thomas Sohier, Jun, Esplanade and No 4 Royal Square.


Important to the Ladies - An immense assortment of fashionable stays and corsets are now selling at Mrs Rutt’s Manufactory, 41 Halkett Place, at greatly reduced prices. Also, a great quantity of soiled stays and corsets, in curious patterns, at cost price, which will be found well worthy of the attention of heads of families and others. Women’s coloured stays from 2s 6d per pair.


Best manure - Notice to the gentry, farmers, gardeners and agriculturalist societies of Jersey.

S Jewell of Gloucester Street takes this opportunity to state that his stores contain the two best manures in the Island, viz, ground bones and woollen rags, at moderate prices.

Daring burglaries
Tuesday 13 February

Some thieves entered the residence of Mr George Deslandes in Trinity Parish on the night of Tuesday last, by getting in at a window from which they had previously removed a pane of glass.

Having appropriated a quantity of eatables, they then actually made their way to the very bedroom of Mr Deslandes, in which they opened a drawer and abstracted from it eleven silver spoons. They then escaped without having awaked any of the inmates.

On Thursday night, another, or the same, gang of scoundrels attacked the residence of Mr Francis Arthur, in St John’s Parish, entering in a similar way; but the ‘drowsy god’ did not befriend them here, for Mr Arthur, hearing a noise, rose from his bed, and, leaving his chamber saw a man close to the very door.

Mr Arthur immediately cocked a pistol, with which he had taken the precaution to arm himself, when the burglar leaped over the banisters upon the stairs and fled, Mr Arthur discharging the pistol in the direction taken by the thief, but unhappily without effect.

Mr Arthur then went quickly downstairs and encountered three other villains, all of whom endeavoured to escape. Two succeeded, but the third, intimidated by seeing a pistol pointed at his breast, surrendered to Mr Arthur, who subsequently handed him over to the Constable of St John’s who, on Friday morning, lodged him in gaol.

The prisoner’s name is George Smith, and he is a native of the neighbourhood of Southampton. On his being searched there were found upon his person a poignard-knife with a blade about six inches long, a corkscrew, a penknife, a watch key and a gold seal.

New owner for Trinity Manor?
The Earl of Limerick, it is said, is about to become a resident of Jersey and is in treaty for Trinity Manor. His Lordship arrived in the Island on Tuesday last and left us on Friday for England
Mr Cooke's Circus
Tuesday 20 February

We have been favoured with a view of Mr Cooke’s Circus, which opened last evening, but too late for us to speak of the performance.

The entrance to the boxes is from Sand Street, under a covered way. The staircase to the boxes is lined with baize, and the staircase carpeted; the boxes are cushioned and very commodious.

Beneath the boxes is the pit. Opposite the ring, which is 42 ft in diameter, is an extensive gallery, the entrance to which is from the Esplanade.

The whole is well lighted with gas, and rendered comfortable by good fires. The buildings and fittings appear of the most solid description, and have received the decided approbation of a competent surveyor, by whom they have been minutely inspected.

The horses are a very handsome stud; and there is a pony, quite a prodigy in size – the smallest specimen of the horse we have ever beheld, but of perfect symmetry.

A Jewish drowning
Friday 23 February

A sad event has occurred in the newly-married world.

Two members of the Jewish persuasion were on Wednesday week married to two ladies of their own faith at the Synagogue in Grove Place, St Helier.

One of the bridal couples left the island by the packet on the following Friday morning for Southampton, the place of residence of the bridegroom.

Owing to what unhappy domestic cause we know not, but on Sunday morning last the unfortunate man was found self-drowned in Southampton Pier with a heavy stone fastened round his neck.

The body of the deceased (an inquest having been previously held upon it at Southampton) was brought to the Island by the Wonder steam packet on Tuesday the 1st.

Highway robbery
Friday 9 February

On Saturday evening last, at a little before 11 o’clock, as M Huet, a Professor of the French language was returning to his residence, the Pomme d’Or, he was assaulted by two individuals in Conway Street, who struck him in the face and robbed him of some silver and a pocket handkerchief.

On Tuesday afternoon Mr Centenier Chevalier arrested two men upon suspicion of their being the perpetrators of the outrage, one of whom has been identified by M Huet.

The Oyster Fishery
Tuesday 13 February

The oyster season has, up to the present time, been very unprofitable to the numerous crews and vessels employed in the fisheries; the price has not reached more than 2s 6d per tub.

On Tuesday, three Gorey fishing smacks, the Alarm, Albert and Edward, and George, were taken by the French steamer Passepartout, having been found inside French limits.

They were taken to Granville; the crew returned here on Tuesday last by the Cuckoo, Captain Dumaresq.

The three transgressing vessels were condemned to ten days detention or to penalties of from 150 to 200 francs.

It is said that the Gorey fishermen will no longer work for 2s 6d a tub, but that they will demand from 4s to 5s from the English merchants whose arrival is daily expected.

St James’s Girls’ School
Friday 9 February

The formation of a girls’ school in connection with St James’s Church, the necessity of which we have frequently urged on the public, has at length been carried into effect. A meeting of the Committee, Subscribers and friends to this object met on Friday morning last at the new schoolroom, in the Colomberie, being the room formerly occupied by Mr Mallet’s school, now removed to the country.

The Solicitor-General, John Hammond, Esq, having taken the chair, stated the objects of the meeting and observed that, owing to the exertions of the proprietors and seat-holders of St James’s Church, an adequate sum had been subscribed, and that they had taken the room in which they were as a day-school for the children of those parents who attended St James’s Church who were now without any means of instruction except at the National School, which was at a considerable distance, or at other private and small schools.

He might say, the girls were left without instruction, except on a Sunday, and he trusted that the formation of this school would be of great benefit to the neighbourhood and a blessing to many receiving instruction in it.

Henry Campbell White, Esq, moved the first resolution, which was seconded by P De Carteret, Esq: ‘That a school, to be denominated the St James’s Girls’ Day-school, be established, and the following rules be adopted as regulations for the said school, which rules shall be considered fundamental and unalterable:

  • Religion shall be made the basis for all instruction in the school.
  • Nothing shall be taught but in conformity with the doctrine and discipline of the Established Church of England.
  • The teacher or teachers who may be appointed to the establishment must be Members of the Church of England.
  • The religious education of the children in the school to be under the superintendent of the chaplain of St James’s, for the time-being, and be confined to the Bible and Prayer book of the Church of England, with the exception of elementary books, to be selected by the Committee.

Several other resolutions were passed, appointing the ladies committee, etc, with various regulations.

Miss Le Breton was appointed the Secretary, and Mrs John Hammond, the Treasurer, of the School.

We need not say how truly gratified we feel at this school being formed, and we trust it will be the source of much good to the thickly populated neighbourhood of St James’s Church.

Monument at St Catherine’s
Tuesday 27 February

A monument has just been erected to the memory of the late Mr David Ross Dickson, who was killed by the falling in of a quarry at the works of St Catherine’s Bay on 14 March 1848.

It is built of Caen stone – a broken column, upon a pedestal – and is the tribute of the workmen themselves to their ill-fated director.

Upon the base of the monument a marble tablet bears the inscription: 'In memory of David Ross Dickson, native of North Britain, who met his death while engaged in the construction of the harbour works, St Catherine’ Bay, on the 14th March 1848.

'The workmen under his charge, and others, in token of their attachment to him, and regret for his loss, have raised this monument (emblem of his untimely fate) as a tribute of respect to his memory.'

The destitute poor
Friday 2 March

Several families of the destitute poor have been sent out of the Island to their respective parishes this last week, and many others will shortly follow.

These families have no means of obtaining a livelihood and deprive the hard-working labourer and artisan of their deserved relief when out of work; besides being the bane of the Island as vagrants and beggars.


Smallpox, having manifested itself in the town, it has been considerately proposed by Dr Jones to devote an hour on two days every week (Tuesday and Friday) from 9 to 10 o’clock for the gratuitous vaccination of the children of the poor at his surgery in the Hospital courtyard.

Tuesday 27 February
Presided over by the Bailiff, Sir Thomas Le Breton

The Greffier read the following accounts which had been approved by the Committee for the Defence of the Island: viz, those of the Constables of the different parishes, £501 18s 10¾ d; of the Viscomte for Coroner’s inquests, £155; of G H Horman for ditto, £28 2s 6d; for repairing the fortifications of the Island, £520 0s 5d; passes for stranger paupers to send them from the Island, £345 17s old currency; militia arsenals, £210 18s 11d; for keeping the main roads in a state of repair, £609 6s 9d; total £2,558 3s 9d.

Tuesday 13 February

We would draw the attention of the parish authorities to the want of a light at the west entrance to the town.

Carriages coming into the town at night from St Aubin’s frequently are in great danger in consequence of there being no light on the Esplanade, opposite Mr Blandy’s brewery, where the road is much narrower than under Gallows Hill.

On market days especially the want of a light at this corner is much experienced.

At the other side of town, also, in that great thoroughfare between Simon Place and Water Lane, there are only two lights instead of three. If an additional one were placed opposite Tunnel Street at Mr Langelier’s garden gate, it would be a great benefit to the neighbourhood.

Carriage accident
Friday 9 February

On Tuesday morning, between 11 and 12, as Henley’s goods van was being driven quickly up Hill Street, it came into contact with a phaeton, descending, in which were the lady of Captain Goodridge, Sen, and another lady.

The violence of the shock threw the former out of the phaeton, the wheels of which passed over both her legs.

She was immediately raised and taken into the shop of Mrs Le Seelleur, where every attention was paid to her. We are happy to learn that severe contusions were the worst result of the accident.

Disruption in Church
Friday 9 February

Four fellows, named George Stratford, Philip Gotterel, John Brouard and Philip Mauger, were arrested on Sunday evening last, for scandalously interrupting Divine Service in the Town Church by throwing chestnuts etc from the upper to the lower seats of the gallery.

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