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"Chambre de la Douzaine" - sign of the Douzaine Room of the parish of Torteval

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):

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The parishes of Guernsey.
Parish Population (2001) Area (vergees) Area (km²) Area (sq mi)
Castel &&&&&&&&&&&&8975.&&&&&08,975 &&&&&&&&&&&&6224.&&&&&06,224 10.200 3.938
Forest &&&&&&&&&&&&1549.&&&&&01,549 &&&&&&&&&&&&2508.&&&&&02,508 4.110 1.587
St Andrew &&&&&&&&&&&&2409.&&&&&02,409 &&&&&&&&&&&&2752.&&&&&02,752 4.510 1.741
St Martin &&&&&&&&&&&&6267.&&&&&06,267 &&&&&&&&&&&&4479.&&&&&04,479 7.340 2.834
St Peter Port &&&&&&&&&&&16488.&&&&&016,488 &&&&&&&&&&&&4074.&&&&&04,074 6.677 2.578
St Pierre du Bois &&&&&&&&&&&&2188.&&&&&02,188 &&&&&&&&&&&&3818.&&&&&03,818 6.257 2.416
St Sampson &&&&&&&&&&&&8592.&&&&&08,592 &&&&&&&&&&&&3687.&&&&&03,687 6.042 2.333
St Saviour &&&&&&&&&&&&2696.&&&&&02,696 &&&&&&&&&&&&3892.&&&&&03,892 6.378 2.463
Torteval &&&&&&&&&&&&&973.&&&&&0973 &&&&&&&&&&&&1901.&&&&&01,901 3.115 1.203
Vale &&&&&&&&&&&&9573.&&&&&09,573 &&&&&&&&&&&&5462.&&&&&05,462 8.951 3.456
Non Administrative Parish Population (2001) Area (vergees) Area (km²) Area (sq mi)
St Anne, Alderney &&&&&&&&&&&&2020.&&&&&02,020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&-1.1000000 7.9 3.1
St Peter, Sark &&&&&&&&&&&&&600.&&&&&0600 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&-1.1000000 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:

Parish Guernésiais English Translation
St Peter Port Cllichards (spitters)
St Sampson's Rôines (frogs)
Vale Hann'taons (cockchafers)
Castel Ânes-pur-sàng (pure-blooded-donkeys)
St Saviour's Fouormillaons (ants)
St Pierre du Bois Etcherbaots (beetles)
Forest Bourdons (bumblebees)
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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