Have you ever wondered what life in Jersey – and more particularly in St Helier – was like a hundred years ago, let alone in the mid-nineteenth century? According to our distinguished guest speaker, it was a very different place from today. There were thousands of rough-and-ready seamen, many of whom roamed the teeming and chaotic streets drinking, chasing loose women and gambling. It was the honorary police’s job -including the respected and feared Centenier George Le Cronier – to keep order. Within weeks of each other two murders occurred and then Le Cronier himself fell victim. This is the context of the talk.
ANTHONY DANIELS, who generally uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, is an accomplished English writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. He worked in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries as well as in the East End of London.
Mr Daniels is a prolific author, essayist and blogger. A keen observer of human nature, he writes perceptively from a wealth of experience, having lived or visited dangerous environments in Africa, North Korea, Albania, Afghanistan and Indonesia. He has travelled extensively, both as a doctor and journalist. When visiting Jersey with time on his hands he decided to research the subject of his talk, and as a result produced the book, “The Policeman and The Brothel: A Victorian Murder”.
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Although he has lived in St Clement for a number of years David Le Maistre is, at heart, a St Ouennais. David was born in 1937 and met Jim Le Couteur at Victoria College. As schoolboys they spent many hours together on the rocks in St Clement’s Bay and later with family members low water fishing in St Ouen’s Bay. Jim has drawn the illustrations to be used in the talk.
After working in a lawyer’s office for a few years, David moved into banking and later into the finance industry. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, he retired in 1995 to spend some quality time with his wife, Ann, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 1971.
An active supporter of the Societe Jersiaise, he has at various times served on the Executive committee of the Societe and been chairman of both the History and Bibliography sections. David takes an active interest in the history and culture of his native island.
This is the second time that David has visited the JSL and some members may recall his 2001 presentation Bv Gone Jersey: A selection of old postcards.
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Saturday 22 June 2013, Cleaver Square, London SE11 4EA from 12.00 noon
The third Boules Muratti will be held this year on a Saturday afternoon in the idyllic setting of Cleaver Square – one of London’s finest Georgian Squares. An added attraction of the Square is that it has a pub, The Prince of Wales, selling Shepherd Neame beers from Faversham, Kent.
Traditional pub food is available at The Prince of Wales until 3.00pm.
Boules is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
If you have a set of Boules, please bring them along.
The nearest underground station to Cleaver Square is Kennington (Northern Line). Vauxhall (Victoria Line) and Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo Line) are about 15 mins. walk away. Buses passing near to Cleaver Square are 3, 59, 133, 155, 159, 196, 333, 360 & 415.
Please save the date for Thursday 21st June 2012 for the Boules Muratti in Cleaver Square, Kennington, London, SE11 4EA from 7pm
For more information regarding this event including public transport details and plans for a curry afterwards please look at the Boules Notice 2012 .
The match is against The Guernsey Society
The next meeting of the Jersey Society in London, on 10 May, is an illustrated talk by David Le Lay. Details of the venue and booking arrangements will be posted here closer to the date.
The planning and architecture of St. Helier reflects the English influence upon Jersey from about 1800. Throughout the nineteenth century it grew from its mediaeval core around the church to fill the whole of the natural amphitheatre that lies inland. It includes many fine examples of Regency architecture which are grossly under-valued, especially in Jersey itself.
David Le Lay was born in Jersey and was educated at St. John’s School and Hautlieu. He studied architecture at the Canterbury School and the Regent Street Polytechnic. In 1970 he established his own practice in Chelsea, which still flourishes, though David retired in 2005.
Some 3700 miles of the Atlantic Ocean separate Jersey from Gaspé in Quebec, Canada. But in 1843 this didn’t deter 29 year old Thomas Le Page from leaving his island home of Jersey to head across the pond to Gaspé. His incentive was to avoid the embarrassment of bankruptcy.
In a quest for a new life, Thomas left his wife and children to claim 110 acres of land just inland at Malbaie, an area already saturated by fellow Jerseymen all keen to cash in on the new and exciting cod fishing industry that had grown from strength to strength over the previous ten years. He, as many others had before him, built a traditional four bedroom Jersey home which still stands today.
Two years later his wife and four children joined him to help with a life of farming and fishing. Tragically, Thomas drowned off the coast of Gaspé but in true Jersey tradition left the farm to his son, Thomas David, and so life went on.
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