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Glorious
Gorey
Guarded to the north by the majestic castle of
Mont Orgueil, and fringed by the soft sand of the
Royal Bay of Grouville, Gorey has something for
everyone; gourmet, history buff or sun seeker.
The natural features found here; the tall granite
mound on which the castle is built and the hook
in the coastline, which forms a natural harbour,
are the foundation of the Gorey that we see today.
For four hundred years, the castle was the seat of
island government while the port was the closest
link with the neighbouring coast of France. This made
the area important, and by the 17
th
century a small
village had sprung up in the shadow of the castle.
But it was at the turn of the 19
th
century that the
area really began to grow. Hundreds of oyster
fshermen, from the south east coast of England,
moved to Jersey following the over-fshing of the
Whitstable oyster beds. Whole families moved
over, and the population of the village doubled
in size in a short space of time. Around 2,500
people were employed in the industry, either
fshing or cleaning and packing the catch, and
rows of fshermen’s cottages sprang up to house
the newcomers.
But the industry was not destined to last forever.
Each of the 250 Gorey boats was bringing back
around 12,000 oysters on every trip, and before
long the Gorey oyster beds became over-fshed. By
1864 the feet had dwindled to just over 20 boats.
During the second half of the century, the principle
livelihood of Gorey inhabitants was boat building.
The most prolifc boat builder was John Picot, who
built 44 boats, between 1858 and 1883. By the
end of the century, steel had superseded wood, and
Jersey boatyards went into decline.
Today, Gorey is a haven for holiday makers
and gourmets. The safe sandy beach offers
recreation for all the family, and the number of
good pubs, cafes and restaurants ensures that
no one will go hungry.
Sunrise
Sunset
Gorey comes from the Norse Gorroic; vorr
meaning landing place and vic meaning a
creek. In the early 12
th
century it was the
centre of a district called Gorroic.
Did you know?
What do you like about Gorey?
“It’s tranquil, picturesque, and
on a summers evening it could
be the Mediterranean”
Renzo Martin —The Moorings Hotel
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Mont
Orgueil
The castle was named Mont Orgueil,
Mount Pride, by Thomas, Duke of
Clarence, the brother of Henry V.
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The castle was built in the early part of the
13
th
century on the site of an earlier Iron Age fort.
At that time, Jersey had just become an outpost
of King John’s territory, due to the recent loss of
his lands across the water in France.
The castle had been a defensive position from
the Iron Age right up to World War II. The keep
dates from the time of King John, The Harliston
Tower from the reign of Edward IV and the tops
of the three narrow towers went up during the
German occupation.
During its long history the castle has only fallen into
enemy hands twice. In 1461, it was betrayed into
Lancastrian hands during the War of the Roses,
and during World War II when the island was
occupied by German forces.
Mont Orgueil is essentially a ‘bow and arrow’
castle, and when gunpowder was introduced
in the 16
th
century, it became somewhat obsolete.
It’s true that huge modifcations were made to
accommodate cannons, but the castle’s very
position on the hill opposite Mont St. Nicholas,
meant that it was a sitting target for any artillery
arrayed there.
We have to thank Sir Walter Raleigh for the
castle’s preservation. In letters to Queen Elizabeth
he said that it was ‘a fort of great capacity’ and
that ‘it is a pity to cast it down’. If Sir Walter
hadn’t made this plea, it’s likely that much of Mont
Orgueil would have been recycled at Elizabeth
Castle, which was being built at the time.
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Harry Vardon
Vardon was born in Grouville, on 9
th
May 1870. He was the fourth of eight children born to Philip
Vardon and his wife, Elizabeth Bouchard. As a child he had little interest in golf. He only played golf
occasionally with other boys in the village, using home-made clubs and marbles.
In those days, the village school teacher was George Boomer, father of Aubrey and Percy Boomer, two
distinguished golfers. So it comes as no surprise that several village boys were encouraged in the sport,
in fact, three of the six Vardon boys went on to become professional golfers.
When Harry was seventeen he became a gardener for Major Spofforth, who was the captain of the
Royal Jersey Golf Club at the time. It was Major Spofforth who encouraged Vardon, he gave him a
couple of old clubs and some clothing, and they often played together.
It was when Harry’s brother, Tom, won £20 in a competition that Harry considered turning professional.
Tom had told Harry that a green-keeper was required at a new links being created on Lord Ripon’s
estate near Harrogate. He applied, got the job and began his professional career.
During his life, Vardon had an unparalleled number of golfng victories. He won the American Open, the
German Open and the British Open, the latter no less than six times!
When golfers frst started playing on the
common, the hazards included grazing
sheep and piles of seaweed, drying out for
use as fertiliser.
Did you know?
The Railway
The Jersey Eastern Railway Company opened for business in August 1873. At that time trains ran
from Green Street in St.Helier to Grouville Station, which still stands today, opposite the road that
leads to the Golf Club. This station serviced the rife range and the race course that were situated
on the common. Around twelve trains a day ran between St.Helier and Grouville.
The extension of the line to Gorey Village was opened a few weeks later, on 27
th
August. In September
that year, a one day fete was held at Gorey and over 2,000 people used the railway to get there.
In May 1874, a new town terminus was opened at Snow Hill. By 1881, a new railway line had opened
on the Normandy peninsula. A line ran from Carteret onto Paris and this was supported by a steamer
that ran between Gorey and Carteret. It was now possible to buy a through ticket from St.Helier to
Paris, though one had to transfer from Gorey Station to the pier by horse and cart.
It was ten years before the line was extended to the pier. Because the area between the station and the
pier was a sandy beach, fanked by cliffs, a sea wall had to be built and the area behind it flled in. The
train track ran between the seawall and a new road which went to the pier.
The line ran proftably for a number of years, but the introduction of buses to the island, in the 1920s,
made train travel less attractive. The company acquired a bus feet in an effort to compete, but this was
unsuccessful. They purchased two electric railcars, as these were cheaper to run, but unfortunately the
seed was sown.
In June 1929, the Jersey Eastern Railway Company stopped both its bus and train services, and
went into liquidation. The station at Snow Hill became a bus terminus in 1935, and it remained as
such until March 1964.
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Coastal Defences
The fat sandy beach along the coast was as inviting to invaders centuries ago as it is now to
visitors and at one time this part of the coast was littered with sea defences.
In Napoleonic times, there were six Jersey Round Towers here; they stretched from near
Gorey Village to the far corner of the bay at La Rocque. In addition to these there was Fort
Henry, just to our left, now used by the golf club. At the other end of the golf course is Fort
William, now a private residence.
In 1781, when the French invaded, there were fve companies of the 83
rd
Regiment of Foot,
‘the Royal Glasgow Volunteers‘, stationed here. It was a company of grenadiers from Fort
Henry who attacked the French rearguard at La Rocque. In the engagement, twenty French
were killed and fourteen captured. The seven grenadiers that were killed are buried in the
graveyard at Grouville Church.
The concrete bunkers and the seawall are relics of the German Occupation. The two coastal
casements housed 105mm guns, and are of ‘fortress strength’, which means that both the
roof and sides of the bunker are made of two metre thick reinforced concrete.
During the Occupation they were painted to resemble beachside cottages.
The Germans also modifed Fort Henry, a search light platform was built into the tower walls,
and a personnel shelter and ammunition magazine were constructed at its base.
The bunker attached to the old Salem
Chapel, at the bottom of Daisy Hill, was
built during the German Occupation to
protect the East Telephone Exchange that
was housed in the old chapel.
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Restaurants
1 The Castle Green
Gastro Pub
2 The Village Bistro
3 Jersey Pottery:
The Garden Restaurant
4 Jersey Pottery:
Spinnakers Bar & Grill
5 Café Poste
6 Suma’s Restaurant
7 The Dolphin Hotel
Restaurant
8 Seascale Hotel Restaurant
9 Feast
10 The Moorings Hotel
Pubs
7 The Dolphin Hotel
1 The Castle Green
Gastro Pub
11 The Gorey Village Inn
Café’s
12 Café Louise
13 Café de Gouray
14 The Drive-In BBQ
Hotels
7 The Dolphin Hotel
8 Seascale Hotel
10 The Moorings Hotel
15 The Old Bank House Hotel
16 The Maison Gorey Hotel
17 Beausite Hotel
18 The Old Court House Hotel
Self Catering
17 Beausite Hotel
Gorey Walking Route

Main Road
‘B’ Road
Minor Road
Green Lane
Map Key
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The Ramsar Site
In 1971, an inter-governmental treaty was signed in Ramsar, Iran, whereby a number of
countries agreed to conserve and protect their wetlands. Jersey became a member in 1976.
The frst local site was designated in 2000. This was the area that ran from St.Helier Harbour
in the south, to Gorey Harbour on the east coast. This 3200 hectare site has one of the
largest ranges of tide in the world, a rise and fall of over 12 metres. This, combined with the
warmth of local waters, because of the Gulf Stream, means that the site has a diverse range
of habitats and species within a small area.
Among the creatures found here is the Green Ormer, a single shelled gastropod that feeds
on algae. These are more usually found between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast of
France. Here in Jersey they are prized as a local delicacy.
The waters along this coast are often home to one of the largest breeding groups of
bottle-nosed dolphins in British waters.
“I just love the area. I grew up
at Faldouet, went low water
fshing behind the castle, for
me Gorey is an integral part
of my life”
Robert Jones —Jersey Pottery
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The best way to see Gorey is to take a stroll
around the area. Here are two walks, one a
shortened version, that will introduce you to this
delightful corner of Jersey.
The starting point is the bus shelter at the start
of Gorey Pier. Cross over towards the shops,
turn left and then sharp right to climb the short
path towards the castle.
At the top, turn left along the gravel track.
At the road bear left and cross over into
Haute de la Garenne. The steep felds on the left,
called ’cotils’ produce some of the earliest new
potatoes grown in the island. As we climb, take a
moment to study the dry stone wall on the right,
if it’s warm and sunny, we’ll be rewarded with
the antics of the wall lizards that live there. It’s
thought that these harmless little creatures are
descendants of lizards kept by French prisoners of
war in Napoleonic times.
At the top, turn left to follow the sign: ’Public
footpath and steps to Gorey’. The view from the
top of the hill is inspiring, the landscape that we can
see from Gorey to La Rocque, at the far corner of
the bay, is a protected conservation area.
When the steps emerge onto the hill, turn right
and walk on. At the end of the pavement, using
care, cross over and continue on the left hand
side of the road.
After the hill bends, take the foot path on the
left, down towards the village. The church
opposite, Gouray Church, is an Anglican church
built in 1834, to service the needs of the
recently arrived English oystermen and their
families. At that time, local churches conducted
their services in French which the newcomers
couldn’t understand.
(Please see map centre pages)
In 1891 the train took 24 minutes
to reach Gorey Pier from Snow Hill in
St.Helier. The frst class return fare was
one shilling and three pence. About six
pence in today’s money.
Did you know?
Step back
in time
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When the path ends, turn right and descend
into the village. Pass the Old Bank House Hotel
and take the frst left into New Road. This lane,
like Old Road, is lined with fshermen’s cottages,
and was apparently called New Road because it
was surfaced before Old Road was!
Follow New Road as it curves to the right and
becomes Old Road. At the end of the lane, notice
the old petrol pump standing in the garden on the
right. This house belonged to Mr.Thomasse, the
local dustman, and the petrol pump was used to
fll up the dustcart.
Turn left and carry on through the village.
In the past the village was certainly not short of
places to worship. Since we left the church on the
hill we have passed what was Salem Chapel, now
a private house, with a German bunker attached,
as we entered the village. At the beginning of
New Road, the brick building on the left was the
Salvation Army Citadel until 1966, and we have
just passed a Catholic Church at the end of Old
Road. In a few yards, we shall pass the original
Catholic church, built in 1908, it eventually
became too small for the congregation. Today it
is the Village Bistro, only the crosses on the gates
give its origins away.
Continue on, passing shops, hotels and private
houses until we reach a short road on the left.
This is Union Road, sometimes known as Dairy
Road, because the curious building on the far
corner, Wisteria Cottage, was once a dairy.
If you prefer the shorter route, turn left and
walk up Union Road to the main road. Cross
carefully and once on the other side, enter the
gravel car park on the left, and make for the
standing stone on the high ground on the right.
For the longer route, walk on through the
village. On the way through look out for Les
Houmets Residential Home. In 1857, a small
cottage called ’Villa Rosa’ stood here, this was the
holiday home of the celebrated author George
Eliot and her married lover George Henry Lewes.
When the buildings peter out, we reach a
narrow tarmac path on the right. Take this
short path, and cross the road ahead, to follow
the path that runs through the common. When
the path forks, bear right. This path fnally
arrives beside the main road, here we turn right
to follow the gravel path alongside the road.
Pass the flling station and at the corner, cross
over to the pavement on the far side. The
restaurant on the corner was once Grouville Post
Offce. Follow the pavement as it approaches the
war memorial in the distance.
“The village has a great atmosphere,
from the working man to the millionaire
everyone gets along well”
Sean Copp —The Village Bistro
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Once past the war memorial, take the frst left,
immediately before the Harry Vardon statue, to
head towards the sea.
Exercise some caution here, as we are passing
through the links of the Royal Jersey Golf Club.
Pass the clubhouse on the right, and head towards
a gravel track at the far end of the car park. When
we reach the sea wall, turn left and continue on
beside the sea wall back towards the castle.
After passing Fort William at the end of the golf
course, follow the sandy path as it dips
and rises towards the standing stone ahead.
Those who chose the shorter route will
rejoin us here.
The standing stone was erected in 2000, to
celebrate the Millennium. Each of the island’s
parishes has a similar stone, this being the
Grouville Millennium Stone. At the end of the
car park, turn left towards the road, and then
right to continue along the pavement. The
building on the corner was originally the water
tower for the railway that ran to Gorey, while
the building alongside was Gorey Station itself.
Within a few yards we shall leave Grouville and be
in the parish of St.Martin. Look out for a modern
parish boundary stone set into the wall on the right.
Ruellan’s Village Inn, previously The Welcome Inn,
is the former site of the National School, which
numbered among its pupils the golfer Harry Vardon.
At the slipway bear right and walk along the
promenade back to the start.
The largest ship built at Gorey was the
365 ton barque, the ‘Montrose’, built by
George Asplet in 1861
Did you know?
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Hotels
The Dolphin Hotel
Tel: 853370 Fax: 855343
Grade HH
Email: dolphinhotel@jerseymail.co.uk
Web: www.dolphinhoteljersey.com
Seascale Hotel
Tel: 854395 Fax: 856795
Email: reservations@seascalehotel.com
Web: www.seascalehotel.com
The Moorings Hotel
Grade HHH
Tel: 853633 Fax: 857618
Email: reservations@themooringshotel.com
Web: www.themooringshotel.com
The Old Bank House Hotel
Grade HH
Tel: 854285 Fax: 854725
Email: oldbankhousehotel@jerseymail.co.uk
The Maison Gorey Hotel
Tel: 857775 Fax: 857779
Email: maisongorey@jerseymail.co.uk
Web: www.maisongorey.com
Beausite Hotel
Grade HHH
Tel: 857577 Fax: 857277
Email: beausite@jerseymail.co.uk
Web: www.southernhotels.com
The Old Court House Hotel
Grade HHH
Tel: 854444 Fax: 853587
Email: ochhotel@itl.net
Web: www.ochhoteljersey.com
Guest Accommodation
The Lavender Villa Hotel
Grade HHHH
Tel: 854937 Fax: 856147
Email:lavendervilla@jerseymail.co.uk
Self Catering
Beausite Hotel
Grade HHH
Tel: 857577 Fax: 857277
Email:beausite@jerseymail.co.uk
Web:www.southernhotels.com
Accommodation Places to Shop
Gifts
Jewellery Warehouse
Tel: 483390
Jersey Pearl
Tel: 855197
Pound World
Tel: 857819
Gorey Gallery
Tel: 856839
Eclat Gifts
Tel: 840511
Fountain Court
Tel: 858120
Jersey Pottery
Tel: 850850
De La Mare Florist & Carnation Nurseries
Tel: 851538
Clothing
Neptune
Tel: 851243
Old Sail Loft
Tel: 855492
Hair & Beauty
Wellbeing
Tel: 857775
Hair FX Ladies & Gents hair salon
Tel: 857711
Food & Drink
Gourmet Delights Limited
Tel: 856383
Gorey Fruit Shop
Tel: 851241
The Village Butcher
Tel: 855744
Rosedale Stores
Tel: 854602
R Store & Post Offce
Tel: 851026
Other Shops
Lloyd’s Pharmacy
Tel: 854340
Smile Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Tel: 840797
Queree Optometrists Limited
Tel: 840400
Village Kitchen Studio
Tel: 840011
Checkers Xpress and Filling station
Tel: 858204
The Hut Kiosk
Tel: 857024
Peter Le Lievre Commission Agent
Tel: 851101
Gorey Harbour Offce
Tel: 853616
Les Houmets Residential Home
Tel: 855656
Gorey Watersports
Tel: 07797816528
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Restaurants
The Castle Green Gastro Pub
Tel: 840218
Using the best local produce, and accompanied by
a superb wine list, the casual atmosphere of the
Castle Green is perfect for any occasion. Whether
you want a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner, you
are assured of excellent service in a comfortable
and stylish environment.
The Village Bistro
Tel: 853429
A popular and friendly restaurant in the heart of Gorey
village renowned for its seafood and locally caught fsh.
Dining is available in the courtyard garden during the
warm summer months. Closed Sunday evenings and all
day Monday.
Jersey Pottery: The Garden Restaurant
Tel: 850850
The Garden Restaurant has established itself as a
prime dining experience in Jersey. Renowned for
serving locally caught seafood and an extensive menu
offering the fnest local ingredients, the restaurant
offers guests a sumptuous meal served in an ambient
atmosphere
Jersey Pottery: Spinnakers Bar & Grill
Tel: 850850
With a packed play area and popular plasma screen
showing movies throughout the day, Spinnakers is
perfect for families, giving Mum and Dad a break
knowing their offspring are enjoying themselves in the
safe play area.
Café Poste
Tel: 859696
Polished wood foors, a log burning stove and a big
bookcase make this everyone’s favourite Sunday
breakfast haunt. The whole style of this restaurant is
fexibility, if you wished, you could eat all your meals
here including afternoon tea and dinner.
Suma’s Restaurant
Tel: 853291
The menus offer excellent value, combining English
Cuisine with a dash of Mediterranean fair. Suma’s
Restaurant attracts a strong and loyal following
amongst locals and visitors alike, and is recognised by
leading food guides and critics.
The Dolphin Hotel Restaurant
Tel: 853370
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day.
The hotel has a high reputation for its cuisine, which
has a continental style, with an emphasis on local
produce and seafood, together with the speciality of
cooking on hot rocks.
Seascale Hotel Restaurant
Tel: 854395
The Seascale restaurant is highly esteemed. Adjoining
the restaurant is a comfortable, friendly bar in which
you may wish to enjoy an aperitif whilst choosing from
the extensive a la carte and table d’hôte menus.
The Moorings Hotel
Tel: 853633
This award-winning restaurant is open for lunch and
dinner daily. The traditional style of cuisine has a modern
infuence with a continental favour. We are renowned for
specialising in seafood and fresh fsh, carefully selected
meats and a range of vegetarian options.
Cafes
Café Louise
Tel: 854130
Café de Gouray
Tel: 853334
The Drive-In BBQ
Tel: 853278
Takeaways
Café du Port
Tel: 840262
Entwhistle’s Fish & Chips
Tel: 854603
The Oriental Dragon Takeaway
Tel: 858811
Rhonas at the Beach
Pubs
The Dolphin Hotel
Tel: 853370
The Castle Green Gastro Pub
Tel: 840218
The Gorey Village Inn
Tel: 857287
Getting there Food and Drink
Parking
There are a number of car parks at Gorey.
Payment is by paycard or parking disc.
Gravel car park near the Old Court House
1 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Tarmac car park in the village
1 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Gorey Pier
3 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Tarmac car park near the promenade
3 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Tarmac car park near Fort William
3 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Foot of Mont de Gouray
12 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Gravel car park opposite Gorey village
12 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Gravel car park near Café Poste
12 hour limit Disc/Scratch card
Buses
Route 1
To Gorey Pier via the East Coast Road.
Route 1a
To Gorey Pier via St.Clement’s Inner road.
(Summer Service)
Route 1b
To Gorey Pier via Longueville Manor.
Island Explorer - Green Route
To Gorey Pier. (Summer Service)
Food and Drink
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Mont Orgueil
Tel: 853292 Fax: 854303
www.jerseyheritagetrust.org
Built in the thirteenth century to protect the island
against the French, this dramatic castle is one of
the best preserved castles in Britain.
Winter
Open 10am to 4pm,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
until 18
th
March
Adult, Senior citizen,
Student over 16 years
and Child (6-16 years) .................................£7.50
Family Ticket ..................................................£22.00
Summer
Open 10am to 6pm daily
(last admission at 5 pm)
18
th
March to 2
nd
November
Adult ....................................................................£9.30
Senior Citizens .................................................£8.50
Student over 16 years
and Child (6-16 years) .................................£5.50
Family Ticket ..................................................£26.00
Discovery Pier
Tel: 617704
www.environment.gov.je
Jersey’s rich coastal waters are a unique habitat.
At Discovery Pier you can see, hear, touch and
learn about the mysteries of our coastline and
marine environment.
Open 11am to 4pm,
7 days a week
from May to end of September.
Adults ..................................................................£2.00
Children and OAPs .........................................£1.00
All accompanied children
are free during school holidays.
Churches
Gouray Church
La Grande Route de Faldouet, St.Martin.
Tel: 853255
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Gorey Village, St.Martin
Tel: 853953
For further information visit
www.jersey.com
Jersey Tourism, Liberation Place, St Helier, Jersey JE1 1BB
Tel: +44 (0)1534 448877 Fax: +44 (0)1534 448897 E-mail: info@jersey.com
All information correct at time of print – April 2008
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