Bechet Farm

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Bechet Farm, St John


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Property name

Bechet Farm

Other names

  • Bechet Farm Cottage (No 1)
  • La Grange (No 2)
  • Le Grenier (No 3)
  • Satara (No 4)


Rue de Bechet, St John

Type of property

Farm divided into separate residential units


  • Bechet Farm, already split up into units, was sold for £725,000 in 2003
  • 2 Bechet Farm (La Grange) was sold for £325,000 in 2001 and £380,000 in 2004
  • 3 Bechet Farm (Le Grenier) was sold for £382,500 inm 2005
  • 4 Bechet Farm (Satara) was sold for £355,000 in 2001
  • Bechet Farm Cottage was sold for £588,000 in 2012

Families associated with the property


  • 1703 PLSB ♥ MN - For Philippe Lesbirel and Marie Nicolle, who married in St Lawrence in 1690 [1]
  • HCT NHM 1837 - For Henry Coutanche and Nancy Hamon, who married in St Helier in 1838 [2]

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

A well proportioned early-mid 19th century Jersey rural house, retaining original features and character. The house emulates the polite architecture of Georgian fashion but with a continuing local character. Five-bay, two-storey house with single storey wing to the west and two-storey wing to the east.

Bechet Farm Cottage: Two-storey. Rendered 1703. Hall fireplace - 17th century. Alterations made in 20th century. Two bays remain, the rest has been rebuilt.

Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795.

Old Jersey Houses

Not included

Notes and references

  1. The Datestone Register entry fails to identify the MN because 'The early St John's records are somewhat erratic'. They are not the least bit erratic. The early St John records, along with many others in a binder produced by the CIFHS, 'disappeared' in the late 20th century, when they were taken home by a prominent family historian and then supposedly lost in a house move. They were never replaced, and no effort was made by the person responsible to transcribe the missing records from the original registers. The majority of the missing records have now been transcribed by Jerripedia editor Mike Bisson and are now included in the Jerripedia database, from which the marriage of Philippe Lesbirel and Marie Nicolle can easily be identified
  2. It is most unusual for a datestone to predate a marriage. It is possible that work was undertaken on the house in advance of the couple's marriage and the stone was dated in anticipation of an earlier wedding. The position of Henry in the linked tree is by no means certain. It is believed that his first wife Elizabeth, nee Pinel, died in 1836 and that Nancy was his second wife
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