GREEN STREET, LA CHAPELLE DE NOTRE DAME DES PAS

Notre Dame des Pas Chapel Plaque(S. W. end of Green Street by La Collette Flats)

Round about the 12th century two mysterious marks, like two footprints, were found on a rock on the SE slope of Town Hill. It is said many people thought they were the footprints of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. So, in her honour, a chapel was built (mentioned in a 1200 charter) and called Notre Dame des Pas (Our Lady of the Footsteps) which in turn, so some say, gave its name to the harbour below. The subsequent fortunes of the Chapel included. By the 15th century a fraternity was attached to it, an almshouse built on to it, The Hospital of the High Footstep, and there was a cemetery round its walls. Two centuries later, George Carteret used it as a barracks for Irish soldiers in the Royalist cause. In 1782 Pierre Le Sueur repaired it and converted it into the first Wesleyan Chapel in Jersey, for Sunday afternoon services. In 1814, however, by order of the Board of Ordnance, the Chapel and almshouse were blown up, lest they provide cover for an invading party. The plaque reads:- "THE MEDIEVAL CHAPEL NOTRE DAME DES PAS WAS IN THIS AREA. DEMOLISHED 1814"

Notre Dame des Pas Chapel Plaque location shot (Green Street)