Jethou facts for kids
Jethou from St. Peter Port, Guernsey
|Motto: Vigilare et admonere|
This is a map of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Jethou is just south of Herm.
|• Total||0.06875 sq mi (0.1781 km2)|
|• Density||44/sq mi (16.8/km2)|
It is immediately south of Herm and has an area of approximately 44 acres (18 ha).
It is said that in AD 709 a storm washed away the strip of land which connected the island with Herm.
The island's name contains the -hou suffix, which means "a small island".
From 1920 to 1923 it was leased by Compton MacKenzie along with Herm and remained part of that estate for years, although it is currently part of a different one.
The British 1957 musical Free as Air by Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade was set on the fictitious island of 'Terhou', which was based on Jethou.
On the top is a marker. It is said that in earlier times, pirates were hanged on it with chains, like nearby Crevichon.
From September 1964 until December 1971 the island was occupied by the Faed family consisting of Mr Angus Faed, his wife Susan Faed and their four children, Colin, Erik, Colette and Amanda. Mrs. Susan Faed was the 22nd tenant of Jethou.
It is flanked by two islets, Crevichon to the north and Fauconniere to the south. There is one house on the island and two cottages as well as a large garage where vehicles such as quad bikes and tractors are stored.
It is now leased by Sir Peter Ogden of IT company Computacenter.
Unlike the largely autonomous islands of Sark and Alderney within the Bailiwick, Jethou cannot pass its own laws. It is administered by the States of Guernsey, and elects members to the States of Deliberation as part of the St. Peter Port South electoral district.
At the east of Jethou, puffins can be seen swimming off the rocks.
They also nest there in the east clifftop.
- List of tenants of Jethou
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