Historic Building Celebrated
Members of La Société Sercquaise gathered recently in one of Sark’s oldest buildings to celebrate its restoration. The Elizabethan building is part of the Manoir property and, thanks to an agreement with the owner, it has been restored by La Société who began the project in the winter of 2012. (The building is opposite the Visitor Centre.) Discovery of the remains of granite cider press confirmed the theory that the building was originally a pressoir, a barn used to make cider, with the apples being grown in an orchard nearby. Dr Richard Axton oversaw the work and fundraising as well as being what he describes as chief labourer with the stonework carried out by Andrew Prevel and Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman did the timberwork. La Société will now use the building for additional storage of their archaeological finds, as a workroom and display area. Pictures by Sue Daly.