Vingtaine de Rozel

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Rozel harbour

Vingtaine de Rozel is one of the five vingtaines of St Martin in the Channel Island of Jersey.[1]

The Hungry Man in the harbour of Rozel (Jersey).

Rozel is an area on the north east coast of Jersey in the parishes of St Martin and Trinity, a small sheltered cove that was home to a small fishing fleet and in 1829 a harbour was built for the increasing numbers of vessels involved in the oyster dredging fishery which eventually collapsed at the end of the 19th century.

Le Câtel de Rozel lies on a headland is an early fort with signs of neolithic and Iron Age occupation.

There is a fort that was built on the headland that was a defence against invasion during the Napoleonic era, and was backed up by a garrison stationed at Le Couperon barracks in the bay. The barracks were built in 1810 later sold to a private owner in 1924, and in the 1950s converted into a hotel run by the Sharp family, it is now a private residential complex.[2]

Moulin de Rozel was a mill built in 1799 and dismantled in 1916, later converted to an artillery observation post by the Germans in the occupation of the Channel Islands now a Jersey listed building, it also serves as a marine navigation mark.

La Chaire lies in the picturesque valley and was where Samuel Curtis built a house and established a botanical garden in 1841, In 2002 research was undertaken in recreating the "lost garden" and some schemes along the lines of the Eden Project were put forward. The "Samuel Curtis Garden Project" fell into abeyance in January 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ Microfiche of the 1901 Census for Jersey, Public Record Office reference 1+ RG13/5315
  2. ^ Morgan KE (2013). North Jersey Through Time. Great Britain: Amberley Publishing Limited. 34.