Parishes of Guernsey facts for kids
The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the island of Guernsey and other islands such as Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, and Lihou. Each parish was established, probably in the 11th century, as a religious area, each having its parish church. Administratively each parish is now administered by an elected council known as a Douzaine.
The island of Guernsey is divided into ten parishes (the Bailiwick of Guernsey also includes the parish of Saint Anne, Alderney and the parish of Saint Peter, Sark are not generally included in the enumeration of parishes as the names are not of administrative significance):
|Parish||Population (2001)||Area (vergees)||Area (km²)||Area (sq mi)|
|St Peter Port||16,488||4,074||6.677||2.578|
|St Pierre du Bois||2,188||3,818||6.257||2.416|
|Non Administrative Parish||Population (2001)||Area (vergees)||Area (km²)||Area (sq mi)|
|St Anne, Alderney||2,020||7.9||3.1|
|St Peter, Sark||600||5.45||2.1|
Herm and Jethou form part of the parish of St Peter Port, Lihou falling within the area of St Pierre du Bois.
Inhabitants of each of the parishes of Guernsey also have traditional nicknames, although these have generally dropped out of use among the English-speaking population. The traditional nicknames are:
|St Peter Port||Cllichards||(spitters)|
|St Pierre du Bois||Etcherbaots||(beetles)|
|St Martin's||Cravants||(ray fish)|
|St Andrew's||Les croinchaons||(the siftings)|
|Torteval||Ânes à pids d'ch'fa||(donkeys with horses' hooves)|
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