Jersey Granite Arch

Jersey Granite Arch

With the threat of the loss of the granite arch on the Esplande under the 6 storey glass monostrosity proposed by Dandara I thought it might be a good time to record some of the works of my Le Gros ancestors. The initials on the arch are PLS.(Le Sueur?)1674 inside  a shield. IN.CB on either side and another PLS, the left hand ones were added at a later date most likely when the area was part of the Le Gros works are T.C.L.G. 1879 which stand for Tom Charles Le Gros.

The first known Le Gros builder to me is Thomas Le Gros born in St Martin in 1797 and died in St Helier in 1881 he married Jane Nicolle 1799-1871 and they had six sons Tom Charles 1825-1885, Philip 1827-?, John 1831-1893 were involved with the building side. Tom lived at Raglan Place with his wife Jane Sohier, Philip appeared to have been involved in the quarrying side of the business, and John lived at Homestead, Vallee des Vaux and married 3 times to the following: Eliza Aubin 1831-1867, Mary Le Dain 1848-1879, and Eliza Renouf 1850-?

The following is a list of works that the family were involved in:

July 9th 1841 The contract for repairs to the head of Mont Orgeuil Harbour awarded to Thomas Le Gros for the sum of £196 sterling, this work was evaluated at £180, Mr Thompson was to be the surveyor

August 10th 1841 The building of the New South Pier (Victoria Harbour) contracted to Messrs. Thomas Le Gros and John Gruchy junior for the sum of £56,000 (the lowest bid), the estimated cost was £62,000

Laying of the foundation stone for Victoria Pier

Laying of the foundation stone for Victoria Pier

September 29th 1841 The laying of the foundation stone of the South Pier with a large crowd a salvo of 21 cannons, with another salvo of smaller cannons fired in the Royal Square. Mr Thompson the Inspector of Works presented the President of the States with a lead box containing the various reports, acts and documents pertaining to the harbour, with papers, almanacs, and coins of the time. A copper plaque was presented to the Chamber of Commerce listing the Committee members, a silver plaque was presented to the Mechanics Institute and Commercial Association. The States of Jersey had a copper plaque engraved listing the various dignitaries of the day and the various people involved in the building work.

Jan 14th 1843 Order from Her Majesties Council confirming States Act relating to the construction of the North Harbour of the new port of St Helier.

May 1843 Contract for the works on the New Port of Guernsey is signed, Messrs T.C. Le Gros and Philippe De La Mare accompanied by the backers Messrs Le Gros and Gallichan left for Guernsey and signed the contract for the sum of £43,843 and four pennies. The company started the work but concerns were raised regarding the speed at which the work was being taken and the contract was then given to an English firm to complete.

10th August 1846 South Pier finished Harbours vote sum of £120 to Mr Charles Thompson Inspector of Works

Visit by Queen Victoria 1846 by Philip Ouless

Visit by Queen Victoria 1846 by Philip Ouless

3rd September 1846 the landing of Queen Victoria the South Pier named after her in consequence of this.

1st March 1847 The building of the North Pier (Albert) contracted to Messrs Thomas Le Gros and francis De La Mare for the sum of £ 109,000

8th July 1853 North Pier finished, £120 voted to the Inspector of Works

13th August 1859 Landing of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the North Pier named Albert Pier in consequence.

February 18th 1865 The building of the new Esplanade contracted to T.C. Le Gros and Company for the sum of £3,200

1868 T Le Gros and company in process of building the harbour at Sark

30th March 1872 T.C. Le Gros awarded work to build Bonne Nuit Harbour

28th April 1859 T.C. Le Gros part of the Committee set up to build the Masonic Lodge in Stopford Road.

Le Gros rebuilt the Hospital after the fire in 1859

Tom Charles was also a Procureur du Bien Public for the Parish of St Helier.

Philip Ouless 1817-1885 book of etchings of Queen Victoria’s 1846 visit to Jersey:

And by John Le Capelin 1812-1848:

Summary and pictures of Queen Victoria in Jersey: