Saint Peter Port

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 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.

Saint Peter Port

View of St Peter Port from the South
View of St Peter Port from the South
Location of Saint Peter Port in Guernsey
Location of Saint Peter Port in Guernsey
Coordinates: 49°27′20″N 2°32′12″W / 49.4555°N 2.5368°WCoordinates: 49°27′20″N 2°32′12″W / 49.4555°N 2.5368°W
Crown DependencyGuernsey, Channel Islands
 • Electoral districtDivided into St Peter Port North and St Peter Port South
 • Total6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total18,207
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01
Postal code


St. Peter Port is on the east coast of Guernsey overlooking Herm and tiny Jethou, a further channel separates Sark and surrounding islets such as Brecqhou; exceptionally Normandy's long Cotentin Peninsula and, to the south-east, Jersey are visible in clear conditions beyond from some, highest, vantage points. The parish borders St. Sampson in the north, The Vale in the north-west, St. Andrew in the west and St. Martin in the south.

The name of the nearest channel is the Little Russel, in which sits the Bréhon Tower; that separating Sark is the Big Russel. Both in width are less than half of Guerney's greatest length and dotted with coastal rocks and stacks quite near the islands, some of which are narrowly submerged.


The land in the north and by the harbour is low-lying but not marshy. In the south, the land gets higher (but not as high as St Martin's or the Forest). Grassy, gently terraced cliffs behind sea walls (including projections) topped by trees characterise the southern part of the coast here (by an aquarium, underground military museum and historic battery at semi-wooded Havelet). In the north is the retail-centred and more built-up Fermain/Admiral's Park coastal locality.


Castle Cornet Guernsey
Castle Cornet

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

  1. Canton 1 or North Canton
  2. Canton 2 or Canton of the North-West
  3. Canton 3 or Canton of the South-West
  4. Canton 4 or Canton of the South

In addition, the islands of Herm and Jethou belong to the parish,[2] but are not part of any canton. They belong to Electoral district Saint Peter Port South.[3]

Sport and leisure

St. Peter Port has an English Isthmian League club, Guernsey F.C. who play at 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 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 competition,[4] followed in 2016 with another Gold medal.[5]


The Town Church
Liberation Monument Guernsey 2
Liberation Monument

Main roads

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 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


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

In the Guernsey general election, 2016 in:

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

Notable people

Numismatic History

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


  1. ^ "St. Peter Port Parish, Canton Boundaries". 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  2. ^ "Bailiwick of Guernsey". Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  3. ^ "Guernsey Election of States Deputies, 2008". 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  4. ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom 2014 UK Finals Judges' Reports". Britain in Bloom.
  5. ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom 2016 UK Finals Full Results". RHS Britain in Bloom.
  6. ^ "Places to visit". National Trust of Guernsey.
  7. ^ "Victoria Tower". Guernsey Museums.
  8. ^ a b c "Townie No 1" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Guilles Alles Library". Archived from the original on 2015-12-07.
  10. ^ "Candie Museum". Guernsey Museums.
  11. ^ "Candie Gardens". Guernsey Museums.
  12. ^ "Bailiwick of Guernsey War Memorial". Great War CI.
  13. ^ "St Peter Port Parish War Shrine, Guernsey". Great War CI.
  14. ^ "St. Stephen's Parish Memorial, Guernsey". Great War CI.
  15. ^ "South African War Memorial". Guernsey Museums.
  16. ^ a b c d Dillon, Paddy. Channel Island Walks. Cicerone Press Limited, 1999. ISBN 9781852842888.
  17. ^ "PROTECTED BUILDINGS". Environment - Guernsey government.
  18. ^ Careyroots
  19. ^ "Contact Us." Blue Islands. Retrieved on 18 September 2009.
  20. ^ "Harbour Carvival". Guernsey Round Table.
  21. ^ "Town Carnival". Town Centre Partnership.

External links

1994 Women's World Team Squash Championships

The 1994 Women's World Team Squash Championships were held in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey and took place from October 10 until October 16, 1994.

Alison Merrien

Alison Jayne Merrien MBE (born 28 November 1974) is an indoor bowls player from Saint Peter Port, Guernsey.

Blue Islands

Blue Islands Limited is an airline of the Channel Islands. Its head office is in Le Bourg, Forest, Guernsey, and its registered office is in Saint Anne, Alderney. It operates scheduled services from and within the Channel Islands to the United Kingdom and Europe. Its main bases of operation are Guernsey Airport and Jersey Airport.

Blue Islands flights now operate under the Flybe brand, following a franchise deal between the two airlines.

Cameron Chalmers

Cameron Christopher David Chalmers (born 6 February 1997) is a Guernsey born British track and field sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres.

Castle Cornet

Castle Cornet is a large island castle in Guernsey, and former tidal island, also known as Cornet Rock or Castle Rock. Its importance was as a defence not only of the Island, but of the roadstead. It became part of one of the breakwaters of St Peter Port's harbour, the main one in the island, in 1859.

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands (Norman: Îles d'la Manche; French: Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey, which is the largest of the islands; and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and some smaller islands. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy and, although they are not part of the United Kingdom, the UK is responsible for the defence and international relations of the islands. The Crown dependencies are not members of the Commonwealth of Nations or of the European Union. They have a total population of about 164,541, and the bailiwicks' capitals, Saint Helier and Saint Peter Port, have populations of 33,500 and 18,207, respectively. The total area of the islands is 198 km2.

"Channel Islands" is a geographical term, not a political unit. The two bailiwicks have been administered separately since the late 13th century. Each has its own independent laws, elections, and representative bodies (although in modern times, politicians from the islands' legislatures are in regular contact). Any institution common to both is the exception rather than the rule. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is divided into three jurisdictions – Guernsey, Alderney and Sark – each with its own legislature. Although there are a few pan-island institutions (such as the Channel Islands office to the EU in Brussels, which is actually a joint venture between the bailiwicks), these tend to be established structurally as equal projects between Guernsey and Jersey. Otherwise, entities proclaiming membership of both Guernsey and Jersey might in fact be from one bailiwick only, for instance the Channel Islands Securities Exchange is in Saint Peter Port (and therefore Guernsey).

The term "Channel Islands" began to be used around 1830, possibly first by the Royal Navy as a collective name for the islands. The term refers only the archipelago to the west of the Cotentin Peninsula. The Isle of Wight, for example, is not a "Channel Island" (though, being in the Channel, it remains a "Channel island").

College Field, Saint Peter Port

College Field is a cricket ground in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey. It hosted matches in the 2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Seven tournament, and is scheduled to host matches in the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Europe Qualifier tournament in June 2019.

Footes Lane

Footes Lane is a multi-use sports stadium in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey and is the main sports venue on the island. It has a capacity of 5,000 with 720 seated. The stadium is the national stadium of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service

The Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service which deals with a broad range of incidents on Guernsey, including fires, road traffic accidents, assisting property owner after storm damage or flooding and incidents involving hazardous substances.

Hauteville House

Hauteville House is a house where Victor Hugo lived during his exile from France, located at 38 Rue Hauteville in St. Peter Port in Guernsey. In March 1927, the centenary year of Romanticism, Hugo's descendents Jeanne, Jean, Marguerite and François donated the house to the City of Paris. It currently houses an honorary consul to the French embassy at London and a Victor Hugo museum; house and garden are both open to the public.

James Jeremie

James Amiraux Jérémie (12 April 1802, Saint Peter Port, Guernsey - 11 June 1872, Lincoln) was Professor of Classical Literature at The East India Company College 1830-50, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1850, and Dean of Lincoln.

He was educated at Elizabeth College in Guernsey, and then at Blundell's School in Tiverton, before going to Trinity College, Cambridge. Jeremie was appointed Professor of Classical and General Literature at the East India Company College in 1830, a post he resigned in 1850 when he was chosen Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. Lord Palmerston made him Dean of Lincoln in 1864, but he retained his Regius chair for six more years. Jeremie died unmarried, and was buried in his native Guernsey.

A lithograph portrait by G. B. Black is in the collection of the British Library.

Matt Le Tissier

Matthew Paul Le Tissier (; born 14 October 1968) is a football television presenter and former professional footballer. He represented England at international level. He works as a football pundit for Sky Sports and is the honorary president of Guernsey F.C..

Le Tissier spent his entire professional club career with Southampton and won eight caps for the England national team before turning to non-League football in 2002; his loyalty garnered special affection from Southampton's fans who nicknamed him "Le God".A creative attacking midfielder with exceptional technical skills, Le Tissier is the second-highest ever scorer for Southampton behind Mick Channon and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990. He was the first midfielder to score 100 goals in the Premier League. He is notable for his record at scoring penalty kicks – converting from the spot 47 times from 48 attempts – and is considered one of the greatest ever from the 12-yard spot.Following his retirement as a player, Le Tissier became a football pundit, and currently works as a panelist on the Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday. In 2011, he became honorary president of Guernsey F.C., for whom he briefly registered as a player in May 2013 to help with the club's fixture congestion.

Saint Peter Port Harbour

Saint Peter Port Harbour is located in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey. It was a natural anchorage used by the Romans which has been changed into an artificial harbour that is now the island's main port for passengers. Loose cargo, liquids and gas are shipped to and from St Sampson's harbour.

Castle Cornet has formed the harbour main defence for centuries. The castle was formerly a tidal island, but since 1859 a breakwater has connected it to the enlarged harbour.

Saint Peter Port Lifeboat Station

The Saint Peter Port Lifeboat Station was established in Guernsey in 1803. Originally based at Saint Sampson, it relocated to Saint Peter Port in 1881.

Saint Peter Port North

Saint Peter Port North is an electoral district in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It was created following the Machinery of Government changes which came into effect in 2004.

It consists of the northern part of the parish of St. Peter Port. It is divided from St. Peter Port South by the following roads: Rohais, Les Gravées, The Grange and St. Julian's Avenue.

Polling stations:

Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, Amherst

Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre, Les OzouetsThe district had six Deputies which represent its electorate in the States of Guernsey. In 2016 in line with the general reduction in the number of Deputies, it was reduced from seven to six.

St James, Guernsey

St James in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, formerly called the church of St James-the-Less, has since 1985 become a concert and assembly hall providing the island with a unique and versatile venue.

St Julian's Pier

St Julian's Pier is a pier in Saint Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey.The pier runs from the base of St Julian's Avenue, where a roundabout is now located, eastwards.

The cambridge berth is a later construction built at right angles to the pier, in a southerly direction as is the New Jetty and at the eastern extremity, the White Rock Pier.

To the north of the pier is the Queen Elizabeth II marina.

Town Church, Guernsey

The Town Church is also known as the "Parish Church of St Peter Port", "Sancti Petri du Portu" and the "Town Church of St Peter, Apostle & Martyr".The earliest known religious building on the site was in 1020 with a reference to a small rectangular chapel; however, a building probably existed in the 8th century. The current building, probably started in the 13th century was completed in its current format by 1466.

The Town Church is considered the main island church so serves both the States of Deliberation and the Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey as well as the parishioners of Saint Peter Port.

The current rector is the Reverend Matthew Barrett.

Victoria Tower, Guernsey

Victoria Tower is a monument in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, erected in honor of a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to the island in 1846.

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