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Jethou from St. Peter Port, Guernsey
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This is a map of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Jethou is just south of Herm.
This is a map of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Jethou is just south of Herm.
Crown dependency  Guernsey
Seat Manor House
 • Total 0.06875 sq mi (0.1781 km2)
 • Total 3
 • Density 44/sq mi (16.8/km2)

Jethou is a small island that is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It is privately leased, and not open to the public.

It is immediately south of Herm and has an area of approximately 44 acres (18 ha).


Herm, Sark and Jethou
An aerial shot showing Jethou centre right next to its bigger neighbour Herm, with Sark in the background and the east coast of Guernsey.

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".

In 1416, it became part of Henry V of England's estate. It is still a Crown lease, and is owned by the States of Guernsey.

Modern history

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.

Related pages

  • List of tenants of Jethou
  • BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971)
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