Photographic slide of plaques on the outside of legal offices in Pier Road, St Helier

Reference: P/09/A/3265

Date: 1970 - 1990

Personal View of Bob Le Brocq, Constable of St Helier, interviewed by Geraldine des Forges. His family history goes back to 1480 on a direct line and back to 1097 before that on Jersey. He was born at Millbrook Nursing Home but his family farmed at Spring Valley, St Ouen. There were eight boys and one girl in the family-he has a twin brother Lester Le Brocq. His parents separated and he came to live in St Helier with his mother in 1940 with a sister and two of his brothers. They lived in Great Union Road for 18 months and then to New Street and St Saviour's Road. During the second world war he was taken to Brighton Road School-his first taste was to get an injection which put him off. Remembers coming in to town and the area around Great Union Road, New Street and St Saviour's Road-remembers playing on the steps of number 84 with his twin brother. The occupying forces had the Woodville Hotel and they used to use a wagon and two horses and the person who was controlling the two horses collided with their railings. Remembers collecting wood from Victoria College, sea water at Havre des Pas, collecting tar from the gas works. It was a hard time-in the summer he spent all his time on the beach. Went to a variety of schools from Brighton Road School he went to Halkett Place Infants, St James' School, La Motte Street and St Helier Boys. As they moved across the town he moved to different schools-it upset his schooling. During the occupation he wasn't frightened of the german soldiers. He remembers a german soldier called Pierre Schumacher going rabbiting with his brothers in St Ouen. Remembers the liberation-a week before liberation in Simon Place the residents helped themselves from a german store of charcoal. Never knew anything else when he experienced the occupation-is now very careful of his belongings. He went to La Motte Street School as a child and did enjoy some subjects especially mathematics and geography. First Record-Killing me Softly performed by the Mantovani Orchestra. Remembers liberation day and the rushign around that took place-he went down to the Pomme d'Or Hotel. Remembers a person going across a wooden bridge by Commercial Buildings and it giving way and him breaking both his legs. Remembers going around to Pier Road and seeing the North African prisoners of war celebrating liberation. Still celebrates liberation every year. He left school at 15 and started to learn the building trade with Horn Brothers in Winchester Street. He moved on to other firms-he was working for a firm that collapsed and found himself out of work at 18 and took the first job that came along-he worked for 2 months as a kitchen porter in a hotel. He originally wanted to go into farming but his mother wanted him to learn a trade. From the hotel he joined the Telephone Department for 5½ as a cable jointer. He met his wife Eileen, who was a nurse at Overdale Hospital, while his mother was in isolation. They met in Christmas 1958 and got married in November 1959. Life was hard when they first got married-had to work 80-90 hours a week. He has two children Juliet and Carl and would have liked to have spent more time with them. Second Record-La Mere. Later he opened a guest house in St Helier after having moved from St Ouen. Took a 2 year course at Highlands College in catering and hotel management. After 10 years they moved to St John's Road, Mont à L'Abbé and then St Brelade-he has lived in 6 parishes in Jersey. When he was in a guest house he stood as deputy for St Helier No 1 District twice but didn't get in. He then served as a constables officer for 3 years and then centenier for 9 years-he enjoyed working with youngsters and helping them. Being a parent stood him in goodstead. He likes giving something back to the community. Third Record-Cherish by Kool and the Gang. He decided he would like to stand as Constable of St Helier and was successful. It's a demanding job and he's getting used to it-he hopes for a freer atmosphere in the island. Has various duties-normally starts about 8.30/9-answers enquiries, serves on committees including the Public Services Committee, Defence Committee, État Civil, the Working Party on Need, Joint Manual Workers Council and the Occupation and Liberation Committee. The Occupation and Liberation Committee is getting ready for the 50th anniversary of liberation. Battle of Flowers causes a lot of work for the parish but not for him-officials from St Helier attend the meetings for him. The job encroaches on his personal life-he has a 5 year old grandson who he plays with. He enjoys goong out for lunch with friends. He enjoys travelling-in 1973 and 1976 he went to Kenya with his children and wife, he's been to Italy, Germany, America four times, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. Likes the Far East. Would like to visit New Zealand and Hawaii. Would like to see life in St Helier freer in the future and that people were more positive in Jersey. Has worked hard on the attractiveness of St Helier-thinks it has improved and hopes to make it even cleaner. Feels he has had a rewarding life with a good family-would not want to change anything. Fourth Record-Key Largo by Bertie Higgins.

Reference: R/07/B/20

Date: April 24th 1994 - April 24th 1994

Microfiche of the 1901 Census for Jersey, Public Record Office reference 2+ RG13/5311. St Helier - Part of District 4 - Houses between Gloucester Street, part of Esplanade, George Street, Kensington Place, Edward Place, including Newgate Street, Patriotic Place and Patriotic Street. St Helier - District 5 - Cheapside, Old St John's Road as far as Strangers Cemetery, Park Road and lane, West End Terrace, part of Esplanade, George Stand, Kensington Place including Lewis Street and Kensington Street. St Helier - District 6 - York Street (No 1 to 7), Seale Street (No 1 to 27), Sand Street (No 2 to 30), Charing Cross (No 13 to 19), King Street (No 46 to 99), Broad Street (No 2 to 28), Charing Cross (No 19 to 58), Pitt Street (No1 to 6), Dumaresq Street (No4 to 8), Brook Street (No1 to 3), Library Place (No14 and 14a), New Cut (to No 2), King Street (No 39 to 43). St Helier - District 7 - Houses between King Street, Queen Street, Snow Hill, Hill Street, part of Mulcaster Street, Bond Street, top of Broad Street, Library Place, Brook Street, including Morier Lane, Royal Square, Vine Street and Church Street. St Helier - Part of District 8 - Homes between Conway Street, Bond Street, Pier Road, Road at the back of the Military Hospital (West), Old Quay, Cafe Victoria Pier, Commercial Buildings, Weighbridge and part of Esplanade, including Wharf Street, Cross Street, part of Mulcaster Street, Ordnance Yard and Pier Road lanes.

Reference: S/07/A/10

Date: 1901 - 1901

View across English Harbour to Commercial Buildings, Pier Road and Fort Regent, St Helier. Sailing boats and a brigantine moored at low water

Reference: SJPA/001321

Date: 1891 - 1910

View from Fort Regent down across top of Pier Road to La Folie Inn and construction work on pier at St Helier harbour with Elizabeth Castle in background

Reference: SJPA/001350

Date: 1901 - 00/00/1901

View from Pier Road of the English Harbour at low tide, and Commercial Buildings. Several schooners and smaller boats in harbour

Reference: SJPA/001451

Date: 1899 - 1899

View from Pier Road down in to corner of English Harbour at low tide, and eastern end of Commercial Buildings. Hand cart on Pier Road, and animals in small field on edge of Pier Road.

Reference: SJPA/001835

Date: 1876 - 1880

View from above Pier Road, across Commercial Buildings and St Helier to West Mount. Two sailing ships moored in St Helier Harbour. Well tended gardens in foreground, and gated compound

Reference: SJPA/001907

Date: 1903 - 00/00/1903

View north-west towards Westmount across St Helier with Pier Road , Commercial Buildings and Albert Pier with two sailing ships moored in harbour. Two gardens alongside Pier Road and gated military hospital compound with uniformed officer in yard.

Reference: SJPA/002129

Date: 1882 - 1887

View west from Pier Road across St Helier Harbour and St Aubin's Bay, looking down in to the English Harbour and showing building of New North Quay in progress, with Commercial Buildings on right. Several sailing ships, steam ships and dinghies moored in harbour. Young potato crops growing in gardens on Pier Road.

Reference: SJPA/002133

Date: 1882 - 1887

View across St Aubin's Bay from Mount Bingham, with section of Pier Road, French Harbour and Albert Pier, Elizabeth Castle, and Noirmont in distance

Reference: SJPA/002140

Date: 1882 - 1887

View from sliding plate with double image of Pier Road, looking down to La Folie Inn, French Harbour and English Harbour with Victoria Harbour to right. Elizabeth Castle and Noirmont Point in background. Steamship and several sailing ships in harbour

Reference: SJPA/002286

Date: 1877 - 1883

Statuettes: figure with basket on head at Pier Road

Reference: SJPA/007006

Date: 1967 - 1967

Statuettes: figure with basket resting on ground and cup in raised hand at Pier Road

Reference: SJPA/007007

Date: 1967 - 1967

Statuettes: figure with flowers in left hand at Pier Road

Reference: SJPA/007008

Date: 1967 - 1967

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