Les Colombiers Manor

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Les Colombiers Manor, St Mary


Not to be confused with Le Colombier Manor, St Lawrence

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Property name

Les Colombiers Manor

Other names

  • Les Colombiers
  • St Mary's Manor
  • Manoir de Granoire
  • Whiteberry Cottage (No 5)
  • Greenberry Cottage (No 4)


Rue du Rondin, St Mary

Type of property

Manor house and outbuildings, now divided into five residential units


  • No 1 sold for £575,000 in 2006 and £1 million in 2018
  • No 2 sold for £500,000 in 2007, £685,000 in 2016 and £685,000 in 2018
  • No 4 sold for £550,000 in 2013 and £775,000 in 2021
  • No 5 sold for £380,000 in 2001 and £500,000 in 2013
The surviving colombier, showing the state it was in before restoration. A drawing from Old Jersey Houses

Families associated with the property


  • IDM 1739 EDC for Jean Dumaresq and Elisabeth de Carteret of Vinchelez de Bas. [2]
  • RLB - on a gable stone with no date

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building

The property has significant historical status as a manor house, associated with the fiefs of Ganouaire and Auvesque. The site has medieval origins.

The restored 15th century colombier is a rare survival. [3]

The fiefs of Ganouaire (or Ganoire) was mentioned in the Extente of 1331. It appears to have had three colombiers - certainly more than one since 1513. The location of two is known.

The fief and house were for many generations in hands of the Pipon and later the Dumaresq families. The L-plan farmhouse is shown in situ on the 1795 Richmond map, with possible earlier origins.

Associated farm buildings were added to the site throughout the 19th century. In the 20th century the house and outbuildings were converted into units and extended with one of the colombiers restored. Conversion and sub-division into residential units in 1982 with various modern extensions and alterations.

Granite fireplaces appear to have been removed pre-1950s.

Old Jersey Houses

After mentioning the colombiers, the entry in Vol One refers to an Evening Post report in about 1920 recording the death of a Mrs Gaudin, nee Hamon, dauchter of Clement Hamon, great-grandson of Dame Marguerite Pipon of St Mary's Manor House - Le Manoir de Granoire.

An obituary of a Philip Le Feuvre records that he was a great-nephew of Capt Chealier, whose wife Anna was a daughter of the same Clement Hamon, and fourth indescent from Dame Marguerite.

There is no St Mary's Manor because there is no fief of St Mary, but clearly these extracts refer to Les Colombiers. None of the available genealogies shows a Marguerite Pipon at that date and her identity remains a mystery, but she was evidently of sufficient importance for people to claim descent from her about 200 years later. [4]

The manor occupies a most favourable position above Greve de Lecq and is approached down a drive which turns off the road leading from Le Rondin to Crabnbe

Notes and references

  1. There are no authenticated family trees going back anywhere near this early
  2. Their first child was baptised in St Mary in 1717. Their marriage not found as there is a gap in the registers between circa 1705 and 1730
  3. Colombiers are found only in manor grounds and were a privilege accorded only to the Seigneur of a fief. The principal reason for keeping pigeons was to ensure a source of meat during winter months. The colombier at Les Colombiers Manor is the only one of three colombiers previously on the site to survive. the colombier has a circular plan with the round tower constructed of rubble granite with a single doorway of dressed stonework. The cantilevered stone roof was restored using much of the original stone in the 1960s. The tower is supported on a stone platform.
  4. It is possible that she was the Marguerite Pipon (1646-1708) shown in Descendants of Guillaume Pipon and The Pipons of Noirmont married first in 1666 to Thomas Lempriere, son of Jean, and secondly, in 1680, to Jurat Raulin Robin
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