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St. Saviour
Parish
Le Catioroc (dolmen) in Saint Saviour
Le Catioroc (dolmen) in Saint Saviour
Location of St. Saviour in Guernsey
Location of St. Saviour in Guernsey
Crown Dependency Guernsey, Channel Islands
Area
 • Total 6.2 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 2,696
 • Density 435/km2 (1,126/sq mi)
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) UTC+01 (UTC)

St Saviour (Guernésiais: Saint Sauveux; French: Saint-Sauveur) is one of the ten parishes of Guernsey. It is situated on the west coast of the island, west of the parish of Castel, east of St Pierre du Bois, and south of Perelle bay

People from Saint Sauveux were nicknamed "fouormillaons" in Guernésiais, the traditional patois of the island. The postal code for street addresses in this parish begins with GY7.

Features

St Saviour is home to the States of Guernsey reservoir, providing a water supply to the whole island.

The parish contains many protected historic constructions, including the parish church, St Saviour church and outside it, the parish war memorial; the 14th century St Apolline's chapel; the Victorian Fort Richmond; the artillery batteries of Mont Chinchon and Perelle of Napoleonic Wars vintage, numerous German fortifications of World War II and several Neolithic sites principally at Le Crocq and Le Catioroc (Mont Chinchon).

The once extensive megalithic site at Le Crocq now consists mainly of two menhirs, although the hedge boundaries in the area contain many of the stones from the destruction of the monument a couple of hundred years previously. At Le Catioroc again there is a lot less than historically; this area featuring more than any other in the witchcraft trials of the 16th and 17th century and appears to have suffered some deliberate destruction, though Le Trepied Dolmen remains.

World War II fortifications, built during the 1940-45 German occupation of the Channel Islands include the St Saviours Tunnel complex beneath the church and parts of the Batterie Mirus, although there are other PAK (Anti Tank), FLAK (Anti Aircraft), artillery, machine gun installations.

Abreuvoirs - places for cattle to drink - are also found in Sant Saviour.

Twin towns

Saint Saviour is twinned with:

  • Montebourg, Normandy, France

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