Melbourne House

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Melbourne House, St John


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Property name

Melbourne House

Other names

  • La Folie Carcaud
  • Caeserea Court
  • The Coach House


Rue de La Mare Ballam, St John

Type of property

'Cod' house


There is a record of a sale for £41,442 in 2016 but this can hardly have been an open-market transaction

Families associated with the property

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

Melbourne House represents a type of house in the grand manner which is the country equivalent type of the large Regency town houses of Georgian character found on the outskirts of St Helier. One of a number of Jersey properties dating from the 18th and 19th centuries whose construction originated in the fortunes made through the North Atlantic cod trade.

These showpiece properties, although of differing architectural styles, are all known as 'Cod Houses'.

Built by Philippe de la Mare for Mr Carcaud. The house was built in competition with the nearby La Grande Maison, and the owner bankrupted himself in the process – hence the property was known as 'La Folie Carcaud' and building was not completed until the 1870s.

There are early 20th century references to the house as Caeserea Court.

The granite stables were converted and used as a school in 20th century.

Two smaller buildings are shown on the east side of this triangular site on Richmond map,1795.

The house was requisitioned by the German occupying forces in the 1940s.

A large detached two-storey, three-bay house. Square in plan with a hipped slate roof behind parapet, with chimneys set back. All elevations stuccoed, giant order squared pilasters between bays, Corinthian capitals.

The site is now entered from the west (originally from the south until the 1970s) via a gateway framing a view of the house and forecourt on the north side. The flat-roof extensions were built in 1968 and 1970.

The Coach House is two-storey gabled central bay of roughly squared rubble and rock-faced dressings with rusticated quoins. Large arched carriage openings with modern fittings. Single-storey wings with attic dormers.

The house was requisitioned by the Germans during World War Two

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