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Saint Peter Port
Port
is the capital of Guernsey
Guernsey
as well as the main port. The population in 2014 was 18,207. In Guernésiais
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 existed here before Roman times with a pre-Christian name which has not survived. 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[edit] St. Peter Port
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
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[edit]

Castle Cornet

Saint Peter Port
Port
is subdivided into four cantons:[1]

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,[2] but are not part of any canton. They belong to Electoral district Saint Peter Port
Port
South.[3] Sport and leisure[edit] 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
Footes Lane
and compete in National League 3 London
London
& SE. Parks and Gardens[edit] Candie Gardens, an award-winning restored Victorian Garden features a statue of Victor Hugo. Cambridge Park is a recreational park that includes a skate park. In 2014 the parish was a Gold & Category Winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
competition,[4] followed in 2016 with another Gold medal.[5] Features[edit]

The features of the town include:

St Peter Port
Port
Harbour Town Church, 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 Hauteville House, Victor Hugo's house of exile, which is now a museum under the aegis of the city of Paris). National Trust of Guernsey
Guernsey
Victorian shop [6] Elizabeth College founded in 1563 by Elizabeth I of England. The main building (built 1826) is a prominent feature of the skyline. Victoria Tower [7] Priaulx Library
Priaulx Library
[8]:16 Guille-Allès Library [9] 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 [10] Candie Gardens [11] Marinas for visiting and local boats Military:

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 [12] Parish
Parish
war memorial at the bottom of Smith Street[13] St Stephens war memorial in St Stephens church[14] Liberation monument Anglo-Boer War memorial, in the Avenue [15] Fort George [16]:126 Cemetery at Fort George Commonwealth War Graves at Le Foulon cemetery Clarence Battery dating from the Napoleonic Wars La Vallette military museum [16]:126 German fortifications, built during the occupation 1940-45 [8]:40 Two 13.5 cm K 09
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.[16]:126 Bathing places at La Vallette A number of protected buildings [17]

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
Guernsey
and hosted Queen Victoria
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.[18] 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 St Peter Port
Port
Douzaine Guernsey
Guernsey
Information Centre Fire Station States of Guernsey
Guernsey
Police Service [8]: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, a regional airline, has its head office in Saint Peter Port.[19] Countryside walks [16]:125 Val des Terres Hill Climb St Peter Port
Port
Harbour Carnival [20] Town Carnival [21]

The Town Church

Liberation Monument

Main roads[edit] 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[edit] Saint Peter Port
Port
comprises two administrative division, St Peter 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[edit] See also: List of people from Guernsey

Margaret Ann Neve
Margaret Ann Neve
- Supercentenarian and the oldest woman in the world until her death in 1903 Sir Isaac Brock
Sir Isaac Brock
– Major General, "Hero of Upper Canada", War of 1812 Matthew Le Tissier, footballer Alison Merrien MBE, World indoors bowls champion George Métivier, poet Heather Watson, tennis player, Team GB
Team GB
athlete and Wimbledon Champion Victor Hugo, French writer, In exile in St-Peter Port
Port
from 1855 to 1870. Cameron Chalmers, athlete

Numismatic History[edit] 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[edit]

Channel Islands
Channel Islands
portal Normandy portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saint Peter Port.

Maritime history of the Channel Islands

References[edit]

^ "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". Archived from the original on 2015-12-07.  ^ "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. Retrieved on 18 September 2009. ^ "Harbour Carvival". Guernsey
Guernsey
Round Table.  ^ "Town Carnival". Town Centre Partnership. 

External links[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article St Peter Port.

The St. Peter Port
Port
Parish
Parish
Constables Website The Town Church Website

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