Hamptonne Country Life Museum
“Our guides, in the form of interpreters, were excellent, being informative, engaging and supremely knowledgeable.” - VisitEngland Assessor
St Lawrence, Jersey
Hamptonne Country Life Museum is an authentic 15th-century Jersey granite farmhouse with its resident Goodwyf and her farm animals. This traditional farmstead provides an insight into rural life in Jersey that changed little until the mid-20th century. Learn about typical characters from the Jersey’s past, bygone crafts and quirky traditions. Explore the orchard, learn about traditional cider making and discover rural life in the 1940s in the newly furnished Syvret House. Children will love the animals and adventure playground.
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About the area
Jersey is the largest of the Channels Islands, but at 45.5 square miles (118 sq km) it’s still only about a third of the size of the Isle of Wight. Its human history goes back to the Neolithic period, as many megalithic tombs (knowm as dolmens) demonstrate. However, the most important history discovery of recent years was the unearthing of tens of thousands of Roman and Celtic coins in 2012. Two men with metal detectors uncovered this amazing find, and the coins are now on display at La Hougue Bie Museum. This location itself is quite a historical wonder; well-preserved Neolithic passage graves that were used for religious ceremonies around 3500 BC.
Other historic attractions on Jersey include the War Tunnels and other remnants of the German occupation, which lasted from 1940 to 1945. Liberation Day is celebrated on May 9th as Jersey’s National Day, and is an important part of the island’s calendar. Apart from its history, Jersey is well known for its potatoes and rich, creamy milk. Holiday visitors will also find plenty of opportunities for seaside pleasures, as the island has many bays and beaches.
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