Historic Buildings Saved
La Société Sercquaise have completed one architectural restoration project recently and started another. Last weekend volunteers led by project manager Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman carried back scaffolding and other equipment used in repair work on La Mer Tower at the northern end of the Eperquerie. The half round tower is over two hundred years old and was built to shelter the man who changed the targets during shooting practice in the days of the Sark Militia. Some years ago the tower was struck by lightning scattering some of its stones and two centuries of Sark weather have also taken their toll. Thanks to generous donations, local stonemasons have now completed the work of restoring the tower. Near the centre of the island work is well underway to restore a 16th century cider barn, known as a pressoir. The building is next to Le Manoir and the long cottages that once housed Sark’s earliest church. The pressoir was altered in the middle of the 19th century by its owner Seigneur WT Collings and has since been used as a grain store, hay loft and cattle shed. Once renovated it will provide La Société Sercquaise with a storage area for archaeological finds as well as a workshop area and exhibition space. Anyone wishing to donate towards this exciting project or find out more about the restoration is asked to contact Richard Axton on 01481 832570.
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R
Jeremy by La Mer Tower
The 16th century pressoir
Section of a granite apple crusher