“Often passed by without a second glance, these magnificent archways stand testament to the days of horse-drawn carriage and pedestrian travel. Ever present ivy lends its name to The Ivy Gates at the top of the Rohais, St. Peter Port.”
The Ivy Gates Archway
These double-arched entrances, of which there are several still standing in the Channel Islands, were constructed as status symbols to display to passers-by the driveway or ‘cache’ to a house of quality. Two such sets of handsome arches are safeguarded by the Trust. The Ivy Gates, St Peter Port are mapped here.
These double-arched entrances, of which there are several still standing in the Channel Islands, were constructed as status symbols to display to passers-by the driveway or ‘cache’ to a house of quality. Built around 1640, The Ivy Gates, a double arch standing at the top of the Rohais, St Peter Port, were gifted to the Trust in 1967 by the heirs of the late Henrietta Herries. At that time, the handsome granite arches were under threat from the covering of destructive ivy, which was carefully removed and the gateway taken into permanent care. Built from local grey granite, the massive arches formed the entrance to the avenue leading to Les Granges de Beauvoir Manor. The coat of arms of the de Beauvoir family, who acquired the property in 1603, can be seen at the top of the arch. There is one arch for carriages and the smaller arch for pedestrians. Both now appear to be very low because the adjacent road levels have been built up over the years. Map Reference N.
A second set of archways in the care of the Trust at Les Blancs Bois, Rue Cohu, Castel, is a handsome double arch forming the entrance to a large estate, which dates back at least to 1481, when Nicholas Fouaschin of Blancs Bois became Bailiff of the Island. The arches, however, date from the second half of the seventeenth century and are the best-preserved feature of the estate. They are constructed from Jersey stone, distinguished from similarly coloured Cobo granite by its regular black ﬂecking. Map Reference M.
Both Les Blancs Bois and Ivy Gates Archways have been designated as Protected Monuments by the States of Guernsey; Les Blancs Bois in 1970 and the Ivy Gates in 1981.
Facilities: No facilities
Terrain: Pedestrian pavements alongside busy road
How to find us
Perry's guide: TC5 | GPS 49.458633, -2.553255
Bus routes: 41 or 42. Alight at the top of Le Rohais