No 11 Royal Square

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11 Royal Square


No 11 is on the left of this picture, taken when it housed a branch of National Provincial Bank and offices of various states departments

This is the first property on the north side of the Royal Square, opposite No 10 where the pedestrianised street leads through from Library Place. One of its most important roles in the history of the island was as the headquarters of the Nouvelle Chronique newspaper in the 19th century. In the 1870s, among the tenants of office accommodation, was HM Attorney-General

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No 11 Royal Square is to the left of the Picket House, the two-storey building in the foreground

Property name

11 Royal Square


Royal Square, St Helier

Type of property

Mid-19th century commercial premises built as offices and printing works of La Nouvelle Chronique de Jersey. Later used as banking premises and government offices. Limited living accommodation for newspaper staff in 19th century

Families associated with the property

Census returns

  • 1861 - Philip Huelin (47) clerk, his wife Mary (42), and their son Philip (5)
  • 1871 - Philip Huelin (58) printer and unmarried daughters Elizabeth (44) and Jane (24)
  • 1881-1891 - Charles Le Feuvre (42) partner in printing and publishing business, Harriet (41), nee Huelin
  • 1901 - William Bisson (52) printer, Elizabeth (52), Annie (26)

Almanac listings

  • 1874-1895 - Nouvelle Chronique. HM Attorney-General's office. Philip Ahier, solicitor.
  • 1890-1925 - Nouvelle Chronique, W Bisson
  • 1930-1965 - Natonal Provincial Bank
  • 1935-1940 - Chamber of Commerce
  • 1970-1980 - National Westminster Bank
  • 1990 - Roywest Trust Corporation

From 1950 through to 1975 various States departments were based here at different times, including Essential Commodities, Natural Beauties, Civil Defence, Motor Traffic, Planning Officer, Building Inspector, Commercial Relations and Establishment

Historic Environment Record entry

A relatively restrained 19th century frontage which retains some original external features, and contributes to the character of Royal Square.

Three-storey with attic, five-bay, single bay wing to west. Slated mansard roof, rendered corniced chimneys, rendered parapet.

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