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SAINT PETER PORT is the capital of Guernsey
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
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 modern era.

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.

CONTENTS

* 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

GEOGRAPHY

St. Peter Port
Port
is located on the east coast of Guernsey
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
Herm
to the east, across the Little Russel , and Sark
Sark
and Brecqhou
Brecqhou
even further east across the Big Russel between them and Herm. The Bréhon Tower
Bréhon Tower
sits in the Little Russel between St. Peter Port
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.

SUBDIVISIONS

Castle Cornet
Castle Cornet

Saint Peter Port
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 Herm
Herm
and Jethou
Jethou
belong to the parish, but are not part of any canton. They belong to Electoral district Saint Peter Port
Port
South.

SPORT AND LEISURE

St. Peter Port
Port
has an English Isthmian League
Isthmian League
club, Guernsey
Guernsey
F.C. who play at Footes Lane . The Guernsey
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 statue of Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
. Cambridge Park is a recreational park that includes a skate park. In 2014 the parish was a Gold text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

The features of the town include:

* St Peter Port
Port
Harbour * Town Church, Guernsey
Guernsey
, the parish church of St Peter Port
Port
at the heart of the town

* Buildings

* The Royal Court House (La Cohue Royale), seat of the States of Guernsey
Guernsey
* Hauteville House
Hauteville House
, Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
's house of exile, which is now a museum under the aegis of the city of Paris
Paris
). * National Trust of Guernsey
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 district * Cobbled streets and narrow passageways of the old town * Candie Museum * Candie Gardens * Marinas for visiting and local boats

* Military:

* Castle Cornet
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
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 Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
* La Vallette military museum :126 * German fortifications, built during the occupation 1940-45 :40 * Two 13.5 cm K 09 German World War I Canon near Victoria Tower

* The Guernsey
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 and hosted Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert during their visit to Guernsey
Guernsey
in 1859, and the Duke of Cambridge in 1862. Victor Hugo
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 Germans occupying Guernsey
Guernsey
used Castle Carey as an officers’ club.

The parish of Saint Peter Port
Port
hosts:

* Government House (office of the Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Guernsey
* St Peter Port
Port
Douzaine * Guernsey
Guernsey
Information Centre * Fire Station * States of Guernsey
Guernsey
Police Service :34 * Guernsey
Guernsey
Ambulance and Rescue Service * Saint Peter Port
Port
Lifeboat Station * Guernsey
Guernsey
Border Agency * Guernsey
Guernsey
Post * Footes Lane * Ladies\' College * Vauvert Primary School * Many shops * Number of banks * Large number of offices * The International Stock Exchange * Blue Islands
Blue Islands
, a regional airline, has its head office in Saint Peter Port. * Countryside walks :125 * Val des Terres Hill Climb * St Peter Port
Port
Harbour Carnival * Town Carnival

The Town Church Liberation Monument

MAIN ROADS

The following main roads (listed from north-south) provide important links between St Peter Port
Port
and the other parishes:

* Les Banques (leads up the coast to St Sampson\'s and the north of the island) * 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 harbour :

* St George's Esplanade * North Esplanade * South Esplanade * Mount Durand

POLITICS

Saint Peter Port
Port
comprises two administrative division , St Peter Port
Port
South and St Peter Port
Port
North.

In the Guernsey
Guernsey
general election, 2016 in:

* St Peter Port
Port
South there was a 2,068 or 63% turnout to elect five Deputies * St Peter Port
Port
North there was a 2,639 or 65% turnout to elect six Deputies.

FAMOUS PEOPLE

See also: List of people from Guernsey
Guernsey

* 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 1812 * Matthew Le Tissier
Matthew Le Tissier
, footballer * Alison Merrien MBE, World indoors bowls champion * George Métivier , poet * Heather Watson
Heather Watson
, tennis player, Team GB
Team GB
athlete and Wimbledon Champion * Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
, French writer, In exile in St-Peter Port
Port
from 1855 to 1870. * Cameron Chalmers , athlete

NUMISMATIC HISTORY

See also: Guernsey
Guernsey
pound

Guernsey
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

SEE ALSO

* Channel Islands
Channel Islands
portal * Normandy portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to SAINT PETER PORT .

* Guernsey
Guernsey
* Parishes of Guernsey
Guernsey
* Maritime history of the Channel Islands
Channel Islands

REFERENCES

* ^ "St. Peter Port
Port
Parish, Canton Boundaries". Stppcons.com. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2012-10-04. * ^ "Bailiwick of Guernsey". Crwflags.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04. * ^ " Guernsey
Guernsey
Election of States Deputies, 2008". Islandlife.org. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2012-10-04. * ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
2014 UK Finals Judges’ Reports". Britain in Bloom. * ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
2016 UK Finals Full Results". RHS Britain in Bloom. * ^ "Places to visit". National Trust of Guernsey. * ^ "Victoria Tower". Guernsey
Guernsey
Museums. * ^ A B C "Townie No 1" (PDF). * ^ "Guilles Alles Library". * ^ "Candie Museum". Guernsey
Guernsey
Museums. * ^ "Candie Gardens". Guernsey
Guernsey
Museums. * ^ "Bailiwick of Guernsey
Guernsey
War Memorial". Great War CI. * ^ "St Peter Port
Port
Parish
Parish
War Shrine, Guernsey". Great War CI. * ^ "St. Stephen\'s Parish
Parish
Memorial, Guernsey". Great War CI. * ^ "South African War Memorial". Guernsey
Guernsey
Museums. * ^ A B C D Dillon, Paddy. Channel Island Walks. Cicerone Press Limited, 1999. ISBN 9781852842888 . * ^ "PROTECTED BUILDINGS". Environment - Guernsey
Guernsey
government. * ^ Careyroots http://www.careyroots.com/castle.html * ^ "Contact Us." Blue Islands
Blue Islands
. Retrieved on 18 September 2009. * ^ "Harbour Carvival". Guernsey
Guernsey
Round Table. * ^ "Town Carnival". Town Centre Partnership.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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