Historical Sites 19th Century

Greve De Lecq Barracks was built at the height of fears of a Napoleonic invasion, these early 19th century barracks are the last remaining in Jersey and present an exciting opportunity to learn more about this interesting period in Jersey’s military history. One of the few sheltered bays along the North Coast, Grève de Lecq has always been vulnerable to attack. In 1779 it became apparent that the French were making plans to invade Jersey, with half of their expeditionary force landing at Grève de Lecq, measures were immediately put in place to defend the bay.

La Corbiere Lighthouse was the first in the British Isles to be built of reinforced conrete and its light is visible for 18 miles (29 kms) in clear weather. The name La Corbière, first recorded in 1309, means the place of the ravens or crows; however, in the 1850s Victor Hugo described it as “the herdsman of the waves”. This south-west corner of the island had a fearsome reputation amongst sailors and was the scene of many wrecks. The 10-metres high lighthouse, designed by Sir John Coode, was completed in November 1873 and was switched on the following April.

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