The Info List - Parishes Of Guernsey

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The Bailiwick of Guernsey
Bailiwick of Guernsey
includes the island of Guernsey
and other islands such as Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, and Lihou. Each parish was established, probably in the 11th century, as a religious area, each having its parish church. Administratively each parish is now administered by an elected council known as a Douzaine.[1]


1 Parishes 2 Administration

2.1 Parish

3 Nicknames 4 See also 5 References

Parishes[edit] The island of Guernsey
is divided into ten parishes (the Bailiwick of Guernsey
also includes the parish of Saint Anne, Alderney
and the parish of Saint Peter, Sark
are not generally included in the enumeration of parishes as the names are not of administrative significance):[2][3]

The parishes of Guernsey.

Parish Population (2001) Area (vergees) Area (km²) Area (sq mi)

Castel 7003897500000000000♠8,975 7003622400000000000♠6,224 10.200 3.938

Forest 7003154900000000000♠1,549 7003250800000000000♠2,508 4.110 1.587

St Andrew 7003240900000000000♠2,409 7003275200000000000♠2,752 4.510 1.741

St Martin 7003626700000000000♠6,267 7003447900000000000♠4,479 7.340 2.834

St Peter Port 7004164880000000000♠16,488 7003407400000000000♠4,074 6.677 2.578

St Pierre du Bois 7003218800000000000♠2,188 7003381800000000000♠3,818 6.257 2.416

St Sampson 7003859200000000000♠8,592 7003368700000000000♠3,687 6.042 2.333

St Saviour 7003269600000000000♠2,696 7003389200000000000♠3,892 6.378 2.463

Torteval 7002973000000000000♠973 7003190100000000000♠1,901 3.115 1.203

Vale 7003957300000000000♠9,573 7003546200000000000♠5,462 8.951 3.456

Non Administrative Parish Population (2001) Area (vergees) Area (km²) Area (sq mi)

St Anne, Alderney 7003202000000000000♠2,020

7.9 3.1

St Peter, Sark 7002600000000000000♠600

5.45 2.1

and Jethou
form part of the parish of St Peter Port, Lihou falling within the area of St Pierre du Bois. Administration[edit]

Population of Guernsey
by parish.

Each parish is administered by a Douzaine. Douzeniers are elected for a four-year mandate, for most parishes three Douzeniers being elected by parishioners at a parish meeting in November each year (total 12). The Vale elects four each year (total 16) and St Peter Port
St Peter Port
five (total 20). The senior Douzenier is known as the Doyen (Dean). To stand for election the candidate must reside in the Parish.[4] One or more Douzaine representatives represent their parish at the States of Election
States of Election
when a new Jurat
is elected.[5] Two elected Constables (French: Connétables) carry out the decisions of the Douzaine, serving for between one and three years. The longer-serving Constable is known as the Senior Constable and his or her colleague as the Junior Constable. Historically the Constables have been in existence since at least 1481 although their duties have been reduced over the centuries.[4] Both Douzeniers and Constables can be removed by the Royal Court for failing in their duty. Parish
business[edit] Amongst the many varied duties:

Obligation to ensure roadside hedges are trimmed Supervise watercourses (douits) Administer Parish
cemeteries Maintain wayside pumps and troughs Collecting Parish
rates Issue dog licence and collect dog tax Manage parish boat moorings

Parishes officials also advise the States of Guernsey
on matters pertaining to the Parish, such as licensing drinking, entertainment and betting establishments.[4] Nicknames[edit] Inhabitants of each of the parishes of Guernsey
also have traditional nicknames, although these have generally dropped out of use among the English-speaking population. The traditional nicknames are:[6]

Parish Guernésiais English Translation

St Peter Port Cllichards (spitters)

St Sampson's Rôines (frogs)

Vale Hann'taons (cockchafers)

Castel Ânes-pur-sàng (pure-blooded-donkeys)

St Saviour's Fouormillaons (ants)

St Pierre du Bois Etcherbaots (beetles)

Forest Bourdons (bumblebees)

St Martin's Cravants (ray fish)

St Andrew's Les croinchaons (the siftings)

Torteval Ânes à pids d'ch'fa (donkeys with horses' hooves)

See also[edit]

Parishes of Jersey


^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-11-14.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-09-28.  ^ " Guernsey
Parishes". Statoids.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.  ^ a b c Ogier, Darryl. The Government and Law of Guernsey. States of Guernsey. ISBN 978-0-9549775-1-1.  ^ "Jurats and the States of Election". Royal Court of Guernsey. Retrieved 5 January 2018.  ^ Dictiounnaire Angllais-Guernésiais

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