The Granite House

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The Granite House, St Martin


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Threshing time at Carrefour House - 1890

Property name

The Granite House [1]

Other names

  • Hucquet House
  • Hucquet Farm
  • Carrefour House

Location

Rue du Hucquet, St Martin

Type of property

Early farm converted into separate residential units

Valuations

Huquet Farm was sold for £1,150,000 in 2003

Families associated with the property

  • Payn: Notes by Brian Helier Rive, February 2003: My paternal grandmother's (Gertrude Gruchy) parents were Esther Le Sueur Payn and Philip Gruchy. [2]

Datestones

  • HM 1620- Possibly for a Malet or Messervy owner
  • 18 PP ♥♥ ALS 34 - For Philippe Payn of St Martin and Anne Le Sueur of Trinity who married in St Helier on 17 December 1808

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

Only the datestones are mentioned in the briefest of entries, with no information about the property, and no suggestions that it is a listed building

Old Jersey Houses

A brief entry in Vol Two also only mentons the datestones and says that from the exterior there are no features suggesting any antiquity

Notes and references

  1. This not very imaginative name was applied to this house in Rue du Hucquet, St Martin, in the 1970s. It has now reverted to being called Hucquet, having once been known as Hucquet House. Prior to that it was known as Carrefour House. It was the home of the Payn family in the late 19th century, when the magnificent photograph of threshing time was taken. It is a complete mystery why it is apparently not a listed building and why it was dismissed in OJH as having no exterior signs of any antiquity
  2. The Payn lineage in Jersey can be traced back to the 12th Century. They are descended from Thibault Payen, Count of Gizors, whose son Hugh Payen, gave by Charter six quarters of rent, derived from his lands in Jersey, to the Abbot of St Mary, near Cherbourg. Hugh was Jurat of the Royal Court, and there has been scarcely a generation of the family without having a representative on the local bench. In 1350 Raulin Payn was Jurat of the Royal Court, and living at Masion du Colombier, St Lawrence. In 1601 Abraham Payn was Constable of St Martin. Having concentrated on the Rive families, much work requires to be done to establish the links to this old established family. Our branch appears to have ended with the deaths of John, Esther, and Annie. The family of Philip and Elizabeth require further investigation, especially Charles and the grandson, first listed in the 1861 census. Whose son was he? Also listed in the 1891 census is a Philip Gruchy as a boarder. I have always understood that the Lesbirel family are connected with the female line, and it is possible that Elizabeth (Philip jnr's wife) was a Lesbirel and not a Le Sueur. The threshing photograph poses further questions on dates (1889-90?), Was Esther pregnant with Hilda/John at the late age of 41? In my possession are two items from the Payn family - a small attractive Jersey silver jug, which is inscribed "E Lesbirel”. Philip's wife, or daughter perhaps, was the owner. The second item is a grandfather clock; the clock keeps immaculate time, and dates from 1790-1807. The long case was made by Peter Poignand of Jersey, who in 1807 was murdered by an English soldier. At the soldier's execution he did not die immediately, and to hasten his death the hangman hung on to his legs. The rope stretched and the soldier’s feet touched the ground, and he did not die. He eventually received the King's pardon. Our Philip was born in St Peter Port Guernsey in 1853,and it is to that Island we need to look for further information. Philip, in the 1901 Census, gives his trade as a carpenter. The family were living at La Bachauderie. It is one of the Island's oldest houses. Gertrude was born, according to my Father, at Le Feverie. In the 1891 census she appears to have a brother and sister. This may be a census error, because the family never mentioned them. They may have have died in infancy. Philip, according to my father, was not a pleasant man, having a quick temper and a weakness for qlcohol. It is believed he committed suicide, probably April 1920.
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