History

The occupants of Number 15 Mansell Street have been a mixed group; from B Symes the Furniture maker in 1899 through WM Henry the Stationer in 1911. Mansell Street like now had a real mix of businesses No.15 was surrounded by the likes of watch makers, a boot factory, ladies outfitters, drapers, tin smith, plumber, jeweller and a couple of grocers.

This building then had a short lived Pianoforte dealer in 1927 (the business being short lived and not Mr Johnson we hope). In 1931 the occupants are not listed but soon after in 1935 it was the turn of FC Wallis the Draper to take over and take over it was!!! After all they were also in No’s. 7, 8, 9, 11! So 15 must have been a natural choice in there quest to control the street. In fact you use to be able to walk through to number 11. We know Wallis were there till 1940 but the records then got a bit interrupted!

We jump forward to 1977 with RG Whales the grocer and tobacconist and from there to the Wine Bar at the start of the 80’s. The rest is History with Rosarios followed by Browns and now …

Well the Old Quarter chapter has been going since December 2011. In time we hope to add our mark to the cobbled streets from where we get our name. We hope you can be a part of our journey.
Our thanks go to the Friends of the Priualx Library for helping us with our research and to Amanda Bennett the Chief Librarian for the loan of the old Guernsey Images used in the website. Any image can be purchased printed, framed and ready to hang, simply email info@friends.org.gg telling then which image you like at what size they will provide you with a cost. We will be adding more images to the site in the coming weeks so please come back and visit.

Old Quarter Guernsey