SAINT PETER PORT is the capital of
Guernsey as well as the main port
. The population in 2014 was 18,207. In
Guernésiais and in French,
historically the official language of Guernsey, the name of the town
and its surrounding parish is St Pierre Port. The "port" distinguishes
this parish from Saint Pierre Du Bois .
As well as being a parish, St. Peter
Port is a small town consisting
mostly of steep narrow streets and steps on the overlooking slopes. It
is known that a trading post/town has existed here since before Roman
times, the pre-Christian name of which has not survived into the
The postal code for addresses in this parish starts with GY1.
People from St. Peter Port, were nicknamed "les Villais" (the
townspeople) or "cllichards" in Guernésiais.
* 1 Geography
* 2 Subdivisions
* 3 Sport and leisure
* 4 Parks and Gardens
* 5 Features
* 6 Main roads
* 7 Politics
* 8 Famous people
* 9 Numismatic History
* 10 See also
* 11 References
* 12 External links
Port is located on the east coast of
Guernsey . It borders
St. Sampson in the north, The Vale in the north-west, St. Andrew in
the west and St. Martin in the south.
On the seaward side it faces
Herm to the east, across the Little
Russel , and
Brecqhou even further east across the Big Russel
between them and Herm. The
Bréhon Tower sits in the Little Russel
between St. Peter
Port and Herm.
RELIEF The land in the north and by the harbour is low lying but in
the south, the land gets much higher (but not as high as St Martin\'s
or the Forest ). This means that there are quite a few cliffs on the
coast between Havelet and Fermain.
Port is subdivided into four cantons:
* Canton 1 or North Canton
* Canton 2 or Canton of the North-West
* Canton 3 or Canton of the South-West
* Canton 4 or Canton of the South
In addition, the islands of
Jethou belong to the parish,
but are not part of any canton. They belong to Electoral district
SPORT AND LEISURE
Port has an English
Isthmian League club,
Guernsey F.C. who
Footes Lane . The
Guernsey Rugby Football Club also play at
Footes Lane and compete in
National League 3 London & SE .
PARKS AND GARDENS
Candie Gardens, an award-winning restored Victorian Garden features a
Victor Hugo . Cambridge Park is a recreational park that
includes a skate park. In 2014 the parish was a Gold text-align:left;
The features of the town include:
* St Peter
* Town Church,
Guernsey , the parish church of St Peter
Port at the
heart of the town
* The Royal Court House (La Cohue Royale), seat of the States of
Hauteville House ,
Victor Hugo 's house of exile, which is now a
museum under the aegis of the city of
* National Trust of
Guernsey Victorian shop
* Elizabeth College founded in 1563 by
Elizabeth I of England
Elizabeth I of England . The
main building (built 1826) is a prominent feature of the skyline.
* Victoria Tower
Priaulx Library :16
* Guille-Allès Library
* St James concert hall
* Our Lady of the Rosary Church
* The Market, the Arcade, the High Street, the Pollet and Mill
Street, which are all pedestrian priority and part of the shopping
* Cobbled streets and narrow passageways of the old town
* Candie Museum
* Candie Gardens
* Marinas for visiting and local boats
Castle Cornet , the historic fortress that guarded the strategic
entrance to the port. The castle was formerly a tidal island , but
since 1859 a breakwater has connected it to the enlarged harbour .
* Island war memorial at the top of Smith Street
Parish war memorial at the bottom of Smith Street
* St Stephens war memorial in St Stephens church
* Liberation monument
* Anglo-Boer War memorial, in the Avenue
* Fort George :126
* Cemetery at Fort George
* Commonwealth War Graves at Le Foulon cemetery
* Clarence Battery dating from the
* La Vallette military museum :126
* German fortifications, built during the occupation 1940-45 :40
13.5 cm K 09 German World War I Canon near Victoria Tower
Guernsey Aquarium, situated in fortified tunnels at La
Vallette, built during the German occupation. :126
* Bathing places at La Vallette
* A number of protected buildings
* Castle Carey was built in 1840 for John Carey. It is a Gothic
revival property, attributed to the architect John Wilson, who
designed Elizabeth College and St James Concert Hall. It was briefly
the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert during their visit to
Guernsey in 1859, and the Duke of Cambridge in 1862.
Victor Hugo ’s
novel “Les Travailleurs de la Mer ”, published in 1866 and
dedicated to Guernsey, where he spent 15 years in exile, mentions
Castle Carey. The castle stayed in the Carey family until William
Wilfred Carey sold it in 1912. During the Second World War, the
Guernsey used Castle Carey as an officers’ club.
The parish of Saint Peter
* Government House (office of the Lieutenant Governor of
* St Peter
Guernsey Information Centre
* Fire Station
* States of
Guernsey Police Service :34
Guernsey Ambulance and Rescue Service
* Saint Peter
Port Lifeboat Station
Guernsey Border Agency
* Ladies\' College
* Vauvert Primary School
* Many shops
* Number of banks
* Large number of offices
The International Stock Exchange
Blue Islands , a regional airline, has its head office in Saint
* Countryside walks :125
Val des Terres Hill Climb
* St Peter
Port Harbour Carnival
* Town Carnival
The Town Church Liberation Monument
The following main roads (listed from north-south) provide important
links between St Peter
Port and the other parishes:
* Les Banques (leads up the coast to St Sampson\'s and the north of
* Rohais Road (leads to the parish of Castel )
* Mount Row (leads to St Andrew\'s and the west of the island)
* Ruette Brayes (leads to St Martin\'s and the south of the island)
* Fort Road (leads to St Martin\'s )
The following coastal roads (listed from north to south) are also
very important as they provide access to the shops, carparks and the
* St George's Esplanade
* North Esplanade
* South Esplanade
* Mount Durand
Port comprises two administrative division , St Peter
Port South and St Peter
Guernsey general election, 2016 in:
* St Peter
Port South there was a 2,068 or 63% turnout to elect five
* St Peter
Port North there was a 2,639 or 65% turnout to elect six
See also: List of people from
Margaret Ann Neve -
Supercentenarian and the oldest woman in the
world until her death in 1903
Sir Isaac Brock – Major General, "Hero of Upper Canada", War of
Matthew Le Tissier
Matthew Le Tissier , footballer
Alison Merrien MBE, World indoors bowls champion
George Métivier , poet
Heather Watson , tennis player,
Team GB athlete and Wimbledon
Victor Hugo , French writer, In exile in St-Peter
Port from 1855
Cameron Chalmers , athlete
Guernsey bank notes feature a number of parish buildings:
* One pound, the Market and the Royal Court
* One pound commemorative, the Market and Fountain Street
* Five pound, the Town Church
* Ten pound, Elizabeth College
* Twenty pound, St James concert hall
* Fifty pound, Royal Court house
Channel Islands portal
* Normandy portal
Wikimedia Commons has media related to SAINT PETER PORT .
* Parishes of
* Maritime history of the
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* ^ "St. Stephen\'s
Parish Memorial, Guernsey". Great War CI.
* ^ "South African War Memorial".
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* ^ "Harbour Carvival".
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* ^ "Town Carnival". Town Centre Partnership.