Jersey Heritage helps to promote and protect the Island’s historic environment in a number of ways.
In caring for those historic sites under its own stewardship, Jersey Heritage is committed to best current practice. Fundamental to this is a programme of conservation plans and statements that provide an understanding of each site: an historical overview, an assessment of significance, the identification of major conservation issues, and policies to guide decisions about management and future use, repair and alteration.
Jersey Heritage, in partnership with the Planning and Environment Department, is also commissioning a series of historic building studies aimed at raising awareness of Jersey’s historic built environment and contributing towards its future care and protection.
Through agreement with the States of Jersey, Jersey Heritage provides reports and recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Environment advising on the history, architectural significance and archaeological interest of local buildings and sites to help inform listing decisions. These reports can be viewed on the States of Jersey website www.gov.je
To read the conservation reports and historic building studies please click on the link below.
Please be aware that these are large PDF files and may take a moment to download.
Jersey Heritage Conservation Reports and Historic Building Studies
Mont Orgueil Conservation Plan 2008
The castle dates to the early 13th century with medieval, Tudor and later phases of development. The site is of great historical and cultural importance as a symbol of Jersey’s pride and independence.
Elizabeth Castle Conservation Plan 2008 (15.2mb)
The castle incorporates major examples of military architecture and associated structures from the Tudor period to the Second World War. The site also includes a 12th century Hermitage chapel.
Archirondel Tower Conservation Statement 2006
The tower was built in St Catherine’s Bay in the 1790s as part of a network of defences against French invasion. It is now linked to the shore by the abandoned southern arm of St Catherine’s harbour.
Le Hocq Tower Conservation Statement 2007
Clinging to the coast of St Clement since it was built in the 1780s, Le Hocq is an exceptional example of Jersey’s unique form of coastal defence tower developed by Sir Henry Seymour Conway.
Fort Leicester Conservation Statement 2005
The fort was built into the hillside above Bouley Bay in 1836, at the end of a small pier constructed for oyster fishermen. The fort has a gun battery to defend the bay, with a guardhouse and screen walls with musket loopholes.
La Crête Fort Conservation Statement 2006
The fort was built on the headland between Bonne Nuit Bay and Giffard Bay in 1834 as part of an island-wide defensive strategy against French invasion.
La Tour Cârrée Conservation Statement 2006
A fortified guardhouse and magazine built circa 1778. It is the earliest surviving fortification on the west coast of the Island.
L’Etacquerel Fort Conservation Statement 2005
The fort was built on a headland on the east side of Bouley Bay in 1836 and guarded the bay in partnership with Fort Leicester. It was constructed principally in response to the new threat posed by steam-powered French naval vessels.
Lewis Tower Conservation Statement 2006
The tower was built on the coast of St Ouen’s Bay in 1835 and has a 1940s German searchlight housing at its base. Lewis’s Tower is one of a series of towers of the English Martello pattern built in Jersey between 1831 and 1837.
Seymour Tower Conservation Statement 2006
The tower was built in 1782 on l’Avarison islet, 1¼ miles south east of La Rocque, to provide early warning of any impending attack from France. It is the only one of the ‘Conway towers’ to have a square tower.
Radio Tower (MP2) Conservation Statement 2006
The tower was built in 1942 by the German occupying forces as a naval direction-finding and artillery range-finding tower. MP towers are unique to the Channel Islands and are not found elsewhere on the Atlantic Wall.
Barge Aground Conservation Statement 2005
The boat-shaped Barge Aground is the single surviving example of the 1920s/30s beach chalets that once lined St Ouen’s Bay.
Methodist Chapels in Jersey: History and Context by Jeremy Lake 2007
A study of the character and heritage value of Jersey’s Methodist chapels, which looks at the span of architectural types from the modest vernacular
chapels to imposing classical temples, Methodism’s role in Jersey’s
social and economic development, and the contribution the chapels make to the Island’s cultural distinctiveness.
This Old House: How to maintain your historic property 2006. Pages 1 - 9. Pages 10 - 21. Pages 22 - 32.
Advice for building owners, prepared by Jersey Heritage in association with the Planning and Environment Department, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings with the support of English Heritage.
Jersey Heritage Historic Farmstead Report PDF
A comprehensive report on the character of farmsteads in Jersey, including an analysis of the landscape and settlement in the Island, its agricultural history, the different types of farmsteads and their relationship to the character of the landscape, the range and development of agricultural working buildings and the relationship of Jersey’s farms to the development and character in England and France. There are two summary reports available to download Jersey Farmstead Character statement and Jersey Farmstead Area statement.