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Jethou
Jethou
(/ʒɛˈtuː/ zheh-TOO) is a small island that is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
Guernsey
in the Channel Islands. It is privately leased, and not open to the public. It is immediately south of Herm
Herm
and has an area of approximately 44 acres (18 ha).

Contents

1 History

1.1 Modern history

2 Politics 3 Wildlife 4 See also 5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External links

History[edit] See also: History of Guernsey
Guernsey
and Archaeology of the Channel Islands There is evidence of flint manufacturing in an area exposed only at low water between the island and Crevichon
Crevichon
which shows occupation around 10,000 BC.[1] It is said that in AD 709 a storm washed away the strip of land that connected the island with Herm.[2] The Viking name for the island was Keitholm.[3] The island's name contains the Norman -hou
-hou
suffix, meaning small island or small hill. In 1416, it became part of Henry V's estate and still remains a Crown lease and now owned by the States of Guernsey. On the top is a marker. It is said that in earlier times, pirates were hanged on it with chains, as on nearby Crevichon. Modern history[edit]

An aerial shot showing Jethou
Jethou
centre right next to its bigger neighbour Herm, with Sark
Sark
in the background and the east coast of Guernsey.

In 1867 Lt Colonel Montague Fielden became tenant. However he was discovered using the island as a storehouse for smuggling brandy from France .[3] From 1920 to 1923 it was leased by the Scottish novelist Compton MacKenzie along with Herm
Herm
and remained part of that estate for years, although it is currently part of a different one.[3] The British 1957 musical Free as Air
Free as Air
by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade was set on the fictitious island of 'Terhou', which was based on Jethou. From September 1964 until December 1971 the island was occupied by the Faed family consisting of Mr Angus Faed, his wife Susan Faed and their four children, Colin, Erik, Colette and Amanda. Mrs. Susan Faed was the 22nd tenant of Jethou.[3] In 1972, Charles Hayward, founder of the Firth Cleveland Group of Companies, purchased the Crown Tenancy of the island and lived there with his wife Elsie Darnell George until Sir Charles's death in 1983. It is flanked by two islets, Crevichon
Crevichon
to the north and Fauconniere to the south. There is one house on the island and two cottages as well as a large garage where vehicles such as quad bikes and tractors are stored. It is now leased by Sir Peter Ogden of IT company Computacenter. Recognised in 2016 as an area of international environmental importance under the Ramsar Convention.[4] Politics[edit] Unlike the largely autonomous islands of Sark
Sark
and Alderney
Alderney
within the Bailiwick, Jethou
Jethou
is administered entirely by the States of Guernsey,[5] and elects members to the States of Deliberation as part of the St. Peter Port
St. Peter Port
South electoral district.[6] Wildlife[edit] At the back (east) of Jethou, puffins can be seen swimming off the rocks. See also[edit]

List of tenants of Jethou

References[edit]

^ Cataroche, Jenny. The History and Archaeology of Jethou. L&C Press. ISBN 9781904332374.  ^ [1] Archived August 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b c d " Jethou
Jethou
History". BBC. 22 April 2008.  ^ " Herm
Herm
and Jethou
Jethou
get Ramsar status". Guernsey
Guernsey
Press. 28 January 2016.  ^ [2] Archived January 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ [3] Archived December 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

Bibliography[edit]

BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford University Press, 1971) ISBN 978-0194311250

External links[edit]

Jethou
Jethou
Homepage Free Gutenberg Project book, a Crusoe-like novel on Jethou Stamps from Isle of Jethou Island of Jethou
Jethou
at Britlink

v t e

The Channel Islands

Bailiwick of Guernsey

Guernsey

Herm Lihou Jethou Les Hanois Les Houmets Crevichon Bréhon

Alderney

Ortac Burhou Les Casquets

Sark

Brecqhou

Bailiwick of Jersey

Jersey Les Écréhous La Motte Les Minquiers Pierres de Lecq Les Dirouilles

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