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The Foot Buildings Campaign is a public campaign to protect and restore one of St Helier’s most important remaining groups of 18th and 19th century buildings.

Located in Dumaresq Street and Pitt Street these listed buildings are one of the best surviving examples of mid 18th century and early C19 townscape in St Helier.

Having purchased numbers 4, 5 and 6 Pitt Street for £1, in order to prevent their demolition and secure their permanent protection, the Trust is now faced with the challenge of raising £1.2m to cover the repair and refurbishment costs. To date the Trust has received a bequest of £600,000 from the late Mollie Houston together with additional donations of £125,000 and so now needs to raise the outstanding sum of £475,000.

Only with your help can we achieve our vision of regenerating this historic quarter of town and creating a vibrant place to live and work. With a café/gallery and office space on the ground floors and three residential apartments above, the Foot Buildings will be regularly accessible to the public as well as providing much needed good quality accommodation in the heart of St Helier. In addition the exteriors will be fully restored including the HMV logo, making a major contribution to the character and appearance of St Helier.

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Supporting the Foot Building Campaign

If you would like to help us save this important part of our built heritage then please consider making a donation either online or by calling Charles Alluto on 483193. Alternatively if you would like more information about the campaign then we can arrange a site visit to explain and illustrate the important work we are undertaking.

For ten years the National Trust jointly campaigned with Save Jersey’s Heritage to secure the future of the historic buildings in Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street. Allowed to fall into disrepair over a twenty year period, the buildings were threatened with demolition, but with the support of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Georgian Group and the International National Trust Organisation, as well as a change.org petition, the Channel Island Co-operative Society agreed to revise their plans and retain four of the six historic buildings. Further discussions ensued and the owners agreed to gift three of the buildings to the Trust so that they would be permanently protected for the benefit of the Island.

The historic importance of the buildings lies in their group value perfectly illustrating the historic development of St Helier through the 18th and 19th centuries, together with their counterparts in Hue Street. With much of their original joinery, fireplaces and historic features still in situ, the buildings have a wealth of period detail despite their modest construction and appearance.

Once refurbished the buildings will be given a new lease of life and provide a tangible example of how heritage led regeneration can revitalise such areas as Charing Cross. They will also generate much needed income for the ongoing work of the Trust.

It is anticipated that the major construction work will commence September 2016 and take approximately one year to complete.

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Mr Foot from the Foot family’s shops on the corner of Dumaresq Street and Pitt Street.
 

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