La Rocco Tower

This was the last of the 23 Jersey Round towers built. It followed Sir Seymour Conway’s original design, despite the English having adopted Martello towers sometime before. It was constructed between 1796- 98.

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St.Catherine’s Breakwater – a harbour of refuge

In the late 1830s, the construction of huge new harbour works along the French coast raised concerns for the British Government, and even more so for people in Jersey. They feared a French invasion and petitioned Queen Victoria. Although the petition was mislaid in Whitehall, a plan to construct ‘a harbour of refuge’ for sailing ships, went ahead.

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The Battle of Jersey – La Rocque

At around 11pm, on the night of 5th January, 1781, French troops under the command of Philippe Macquart – The Baron de Rullecourt – were attempting to enter the narrow channel that led to their landing place near Platte Rocque, at La Rocque at Jersey’s south eastern corner.

It was half tide, there was a with a strong current running, and with the gravel banks and jagged rocks of the Violet Bank threatening on one side of their passage, it is not surprising that several ships never discharged their troops.

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