Abreuvoirs are a feature of the Guernsey rural landscape as places where livestock could be brought to drink with water from springs or douits. Usually of granite construction, some were built by the parish and many display names of Constables and Douzeniers of the time. The Parish and the St Andrew’s Floral Group have engaged in a policy of clearing and renovating these historic features as they are listed as ancient monuments. The 4th Guernsey Air Scout Group clean the abreuvoirs three times a year on behalf of the Parish.
La Villiaze, La Villiaze Road
La Villiaze Abreuvoir is one of the more interesting of the St Andrew’s Abreuvoirs. In 2017 the path seen here to the right of the stone was cleared of accumulated soil and grass to expose a cobble roadway leading down to the spring and abreuvoir. Volunteers from Specsavers, St Andrews Floral Group, St Peter Port Floral Group and Art of Living together with the Constables carried out the clearance. It was the first time this roadway has been seen in living memory. At the end of the roadway is a large paved area with a trough and the spring feeding the abreuvoir. There is another narrow paved path leading down from La Villiaze Road. The whole area is overhung by trees and has a dell like appearance – ideal for fairies! Below are the second working party completing the clearance.
This abreuvoir is the second public abreuvoir fed by La Villiaze spring.
Les Bouillon, La Vassalerie
Les Baissieres Abreuvoir is of substantial construction but it is no longer fed by water. It is of particular interest as it is unique in Guernsey being located at the junction of four parishes: St Peter Port, St Andrew, Vale and Castel.
Donkey Hill, Les Naftiaux, rue des landes
The back wall of this abreuvoir is on a boundary with St Martin.
Les Mourant, La planque lane
In need of a repair this is a shared Abreuvoir with St Martin on La Planque Lane.
La Fontaine de St Clair, St Andrew’s Road
La Fontaine de St Clair is directly opposite St André du Pommeraye, the Parish church of St Andrew, and adjacent to an apple orchard on glebe land. The spring is not much in evidence at this time and the abreuvoir is fed by an adjacent douit.
Les Vauxbelets, le Grais Lane
This abreuvoir is located along the Vauxbelets Valley in a very picturesque location with a backdrop of grazing Guernsey cows and verdant grassland. The back wall was repaired by the Parish in 2016 as it had been found to be collapsing.
A popular site for a game of Pooh Sticks!
None of the public pumps that remain in the parish function, but they are cosmetically maintained for historic reasons. They are located at:
Le Grais Lane/ Bouillon Road
Rue du Monnaie/Les Poidevins