Jethou (/ʒɛˈtuː/ zheh-TOO) is a small island that is part of the
Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It is privately leased,
and not open to the public.
It is immediately south of
Herm and has an area of approximately 44
acres (18 ha).
1.1 Modern history
4 See also
7 External links
See also: History of
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 which shows occupation
around 10,000 BC.
It is said that in AD 709 a storm washed away the strip of land that
connected the island with Herm.
The Viking name for the island was Keitholm.
The island's name contains the Norman
-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.
An aerial shot showing
Jethou centre right next to its bigger
neighbour Herm, with
Sark in the background and the east coast of
In 1867 Lt Colonel Montague Fielden became tenant. However he was
discovered using the island as a storehouse for smuggling brandy from
From 1920 to 1923 it was leased by the Scottish novelist Compton
MacKenzie along with
Herm and remained part of that estate for years,
although it is currently part of a different one.
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
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.
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 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
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.
Unlike the largely autonomous islands of
Alderney within the
Jethou is administered entirely by the States of
Guernsey, and elects members to the States of Deliberation as part
St. Peter Port
St. Peter Port South electoral district.
At the back (east) of Jethou, puffins can be seen swimming off the
List of tenants of Jethou
^ Cataroche, Jenny. The History and Archaeology of Jethou. L&C
Press. ISBN 9781904332374.
^  Archived August 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
^ a b c d "
Jethou History". BBC. 22 April 2008.
Jethou get Ramsar status".
Guernsey Press. 28 January
^  Archived January 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
^  Archived December 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford University Press,
1971) ISBN 978-0194311250
Free Gutenberg Project book, a Crusoe-like novel on Jethou
Stamps from Isle of Jethou
Jethou at Britlink
The Channel Islands
Bailiwick of Guernsey
Bailiwick of Jersey
Pierres de Lecq