All information in this blog post is correct as of the publishing date, 15.10.12.
New Street, St. Helier
One of the finest remaining examples of Georgian architecture in St. Helier, 16 New Street was built in the 1730s and has undergone extensive changes and various refurbishments throughout its lifetime.
Originally part of a speculative development in the town centre, the building was completely restored between 2004 and 2011, re-opening its doors as a museum of Georgian life in the island, offering conference facilities and featuring interactive displays and a shop specialising in Genuine Jersey products.
Renovating 16 New Street
The latest renovation of 16 New Street is not the first; this building has undergone a myriad of changes during the last 280 years, from Georgian and Regency-style decorations to acting as a gentlemen’s club, YMCA and even a workshop and storage facility for the neighbouring department store. The building became largely neglected between the 1970s and the 1990s, eventually being threatened with demolition when floors and structures began to collapse. With its existence hanging in the balance, the property was gifted to the National Trust for Jersey in December 2003, with a £1 million bequest for renovations being made the following year.
16 New Street was completed and unveiled on November 5th 2011, just in time for the National Trust of Jersey’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The National Trust for the island describe the property as “a wonderful example of the elegant architectural style and fashions of 18th century Jersey.”
The National Trust for Jersey recommends 16 New Street:
Look out for our living history days when you will get the chance to sample Georgian treats and enjoy the sounds of period music. The property is also equipped with audio-visual interpretation which will help you to imagine what life was like in Georgian Jersey.
Don’t forget to visit the National Trust for Jersey’s first dedicated shop which is stocked with a unique selection of books, cards, textiles, local foods and art & craft.