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1998 Reunion and Heritage Tour
During our six days
on Jersey, we saw many historical and cultural spots. Not in the order
we saw them, this map marks many of those spots. Of course, we also saw
a lot of Jersey in between these spots, too. Map coutesy of Jersey Tourism,
visit them at www.jersey.gov.uk/tourism.
Our blue badge (certified)
tour guide, Sue Hardy, really did her homework before we arrived. She
planned out the bus trips each day so as to cover much of the island,
including Poingdestre landmarks, cultural stops and historical sites.
Sue told us that any Poindexter's are coming from America, they should
look her up for tour planning!
If you plan to visit
Jersey and wish to schedule a tour guide, contact Sue. Her address is
The Old Coach House, Oxenford,St. Lawrence, Jersey, JE3 1FJ. Her phone
number is 001-44-1534-863676. Sorry, she doesn't have an email address.
Sue can organize your walking tours, too. She is a member of the Soci»t»
Jersiaise, the island's local and family history society and library.
At the end of our
reunion, Sue gave us a road map which she had marked in red all the places
we saw and toured. I used her map to mark those spots on this web-based
map to share with all.
of countryside, cows and other non-tour stops can be seen by clicking
click for larger map
believed to have been built in the 14th Century, this cliff fortification
now lays in ruin, much of its stone removed and used elsewhere throughout
Greve de Lecq: a great place to relax on the beach and have a
crab salad sandwich, Jersey ice cream cone or afternoon tea. Yes, they
serve tea on the beach in china cups and tea pot! There are also some
historical buildings here that can be toured, bunkers for troops protecting
Jersey in past wars. Note, if you do decide to have a cone of Jersey
ics cream, be sure to keep it close and low or you are likely to loose
it to a cunning seagull, like I (Jamie) did.
St. Ouen's Bay: full of history, including the landing of the
french army during the late 1700's leading to the famous "Battle
of Jersey". This is a long bay and beach, with straight roads,
making it a good place to practice left handed driving. The remainder
of the roads on Jersey are narrow, sunken and ofter walled. Note that
the outside rear view mirrors are not insured by the hire company (car
St. Ouen's Manor: the ancestral manor of the DeCarteret family.
The lady of the manor invited us to tour the house and grounds. Sir
George DeCarteret was bailiff of Jersey when our uncle Jean Poingdestre
was Lieutenant Bailiff. The manor has been in the DeCarteret family
since it was built circa 1100's A.D.
Corbiere Lighthouse: full of history, also a senic point. Walk
out to the lighthouse at low tide. The city bus line can take you there
from St. Aubin or St. Helier.
St. Aubin's Harbor: an old fishing village overlooks the harbor
and its bulworks. Quaint and historical guest houses abound providing
fine dining and rooms. On my (Jamie) second visit to Jersey, we stayed
at the Bob Viveur right on the bulwarks, which is where we parked our
hired car overnoght.
Le Moulin de Quetivel: An old 18th Century mill that has been
restored to working condition. Our tour guide, Sue Hardy was one of
the volunteers that worked on this project. Here you can learn about
the agricultural history of Jersey.
Elizabeth Castle: by the 16th Century, cannon and gunpowder had
become so common in warfare that the King's main castle in the Channel
Islands, mont Orgueil, was now out of date. A new castle had to be built
which was out of the range of these new weapons, so Elizabeth Castle
was built in St. Aubin's Bay. Jersey was drawn into the English Civil
War in the 1640s and 50s when Royalists were held up in the castle,
including Jean Poingdestre (George's uncle) and Sir George de Carteret
(bailiff) who kept Jersey government royal, not Parliamentarian (Cromwell).
The Prince of Wales (future Charles ll) was protected from the Parliamentarians
in the castle before fleeing to France. [ photo of castle coming soon
] [ photo of Fort Charles
from top of Elizabeth Castle, St Helier in background ]
St. Mathew's Church: built in the 1830's to serve a growing coastal
community of Millbrook in St. Lawrence Parrish. In the 1930's, as part
of a refurbishing project, RenĄ Lalique filled the church with his unique
collection of his own molded white glass. It would be unfair to try
to describe the collection here so please check back here in August
for photos taken during the tour.
German Underground Hospital: The Channel Islands were the only
territory of England that was occupied by the Germans during World War
2. Many Jersey men were forced to work (and die) to build this massive
underground hospital, carving it out of the granite and shale common
in Jersey. The tour of the tunnels includes movie clips, displays, artifacts
and wax reinactments of hospital scenes.
Morel Farm: [ photo
of tour members ] Sid and Dulcie Poingdestre invited our group to visit
them on this small family working farm. We were treated to tea and juices
and many sweet treats. We also met a Jersey cow up close as well as
some Guernsey goats.
Hamptonne Country Life Museum: now owned by the Jersey National
Trust and restored in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Hamptonne
family bought the property in 1633, and it was Laurens Hamptonne in
1649 that proclaimed Charles ll king in the Market Place in St. Helier.
The building sand grounds are now open to the public and depicts various
forms of architecture from Jersey's past. It is also a working farm
where one can begin to better understand how people worked and lived
in days past.
Fief ès Poingdestre: Sue, our tour guide, looked southward from
this north coast spot as she pointed out the general area where the
Fief was located in the 1500 and 1600s, according to research that Alex
Glendinning had done in preparation of our tour. The Landers book provides
more insight and history of the Fief. The fief daughtered out in the
eraly 1700's when Marie Poingdestre inherited the estate. She married
Phillippe Pinel of Trinity Parish.
Trinity Parish Hall: Saturday evening we had dinner with over
80 Jersey folks held in this hall. The advanced reservations by islanders
was so great the dinner was moved here from St. Saviour's Parish Hall.
We met several Poingdestres living on Jersey, some of them meeting each
other for the first time! Also attending were several members of the
SociĄt». They led us in song and merriment after the dinner, including
Jersey". [ photo
of our group with some Jersey Poingdestres ]
Maufant Manor: the manor was pointed out as our tour buss drove
Rosel Manor: the manor was pointed out as our tour buss drove
Archirondel, a cafe stop: we made a brief stop here at this secluded
and rocky beach for a refreshment break before arriving at Mont Orgueil
Castle. Nice little gift room, but the beach was made of pebbles.
Mont Orgueil Castle and Village of Gorey: [ photo
of the castle as viewd from town ] [ photo
from top of castle looking down on Gorey and harbor with tide out ]
Also known as Gorrey Castle, it served as the seat of Jersey's government,
military post and as a prison. It has much history and one should plan
at least a half day to visit this castle. Take your time, especially
while climbing up the stairs, to observe the stone construction. The
castle is litterally built on top of and into the stone cliffs. The
village below, believed to be the oldest settlemene, has probably been
occupied since early pagans worshipped nearby dutring the dark ages.
Absolutely Nothing: Five Oaks area, a busy intersection. But
as I found out on my visit in 1999, a fine place for filling up the
gas tank and buying a bottle of pop. Note that on Jersey, drinking an
ice cold Coke means serving it at about 55 degrees.
Home parish of the Poingdestre family:
- St. Saviour's
Church: The home church of the main branch of the Poingdestre
family. George's uncle, Jean, was buried beneath the floors of the
church, an honor held for only the most important families. The
South Chancel is the oldest part of the church, built in the 12th
Century. The church was restored at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Near the altar is a Latin memorial to Jean Poingdestre (George's
uncle), chaplain and secretary to Charles l. Jean also served as
Lt. Bailiff of Jersey, filling in for the Bailiff, Sir George Carteret
when he was in America setting up his new land grant (now known
as New Jersey). [ church
photo ] [ portrait
of Jean ]
Manor: now Grainville Park, was once the site of the Poingdestre
home, built around 1700 (after George left for America). It remained
in the family until 1875 (reference: 1)
- Swan Farm:
built c.1490 on land owned by the Poingdestre family since the 13th
Century (ref: 1). George probably grew up here, and as he was second
born, his older brother Philippe inherited the title of the Seigneur
of Fief es Poingdestre from their father Thomas. The home is today
owned by a Jersey lawyer, Jeremy Johnson. He was very kind to invite
the PDA tour group (June 1998) to come
in and look around. He has owned the home for several years, during
which time he has worked to restore the home. [ photo
] [ wide photo ]
Home of Hastas Hamptonne: I am missing notes on this, Sue, our
guide, marked it on the map as a site we either visited, drove pass
or talked about in relation to Poingdestre history. If anyone else from
the tour has some info, please send it to me.
La Maison du Mont au PrÕtre: once lived in by a Poingdestre branch.
We were invited to stop by and look around and visit the lovely English
flower garden. A stone over the gate has a badly weathered Poingdestre
Noirmont Point: a large public area with WW-2 memorials. German
bunkers still exist here. This point has an excellent high view of the
St. Aubin Bay/St. Helier area, a great place for the German army to
keep an eye on Jersey's main harbor.
La Hougue Bie: A prehistoric dolmen (mound) built about 5,500
years ago by a farming culture and used as a sacred shrine and burial
chamber. On top of the 40 foot mound is a medieval chapel. [ photos
coming soon ] [ wide photo
of view from top of the green and fertile fields, looking East towards
St. Helier (not numbered on map) the capitol of Jersey's government
and largest city on the island. The tour included visits to the Royal
Court, Parish Church, Societe de Jersais, the Market, Elizabeth Castle,
and many museums and other points of interest. Our hotel was on David
Place, just a few blocks from the downtown. In the Royal Court room,
the ceiling is adorned with the names of the feudal lords. Poingdester
is one of those names. Elsewhere in the building is a large wooded sign
listing all the baliffs of the island over the centuries. There are
several Poingdestre's listed here.
- Not shown on the
map because the group did not visit in 1998. After that tour, Sue Hardy
found another Poingdestre crest, this one carved in wood on a front
row pew in St. Lawrence Parish Church. There are several other crests
colocated with our family crest, including De Carteret. Sue took my
companion and me to see it in 1999 during my second visit. So be sure
to stop buy and take a look here.
Poingdestre-Poindexter, A Norman Family, John Poindexter
Landers, 1977, Library of Congress 77-90527, (publisher: Von Boeckman-Jones,
All for the King, The Life Story of Sir George Carteret, G.
R. Balleine, 1976, available through La
The Island of Jersey, Jarrold Publishing, 1983, 1997, ISBN
Elizabeth Castle Site Guide Jersey Museums Service (purchased
at the Castle)