The Island of Jersey

 

Britain's Most Southerly Island

 

 

 

 

Al Fresco eating in the Royal SquareJersey was originally a part of France which is just 12 miles away and can be seen from the east of the island.  The climate is temperate and has, on average, the most sunshine per year in the British Isles. 

 

The waters and coast of Jersey, enriched by the currents of the Gulf Stream, are home to numerous marine birds and mammals. Dolphins are often sighted in both deep and shallower waters and seals are to be found on the outlying reefs of Les Écréhous and Les Minquiers. 

 

Jersey is an island of contrasts - a bustling town with a modern waterfront area as well as an historic town centring around the Royal Square where the States Buildings are found.  The States of Jersey is the Government of Jersey.  In the south there are spectacular sandy beaches and in the north  dramatic cliffs.

 

Portelet InnJersey is geographically the perfect place to have an adventure holiday and is also the perfect place to relax.  Entertainment is first class and the restaurants offer a superb standard of cuisine to suit everyone with styles of cooking from classical French and British through to Ethnic.  Vegetarians are particularly well catered for.  Fresh local fish and sea food is easily available and the island's Jersey Royal potatoes, Jersey milk, butter and cheese from the indigenous Jersey herds of cows can be enjoyed.  Fresh vegetables, locally grown in season abound.

 

Jersey is 45 square miles in size and divided into twelve parishes and each has access to the sea.  In ancient days there was a sanctuary path which ran from the Parish Church to the sea.  The Parishes are: Grouville which includes Les Minquiers which are small islands nine miles south of Jersey, St. Brelade, St.Clement, St. Helier (Capital), St. JohnStates Building Royal Square, St Lawrence, St. Martin which includes Les Écréhous, St. Mary, St. Ouen, St. Peter, St Saviour and Trinity.

 

The island is governed by a unique legal system, based on Norman law  There are two Police Forces - the States Police and unpaid volunteers called The Honorary Police. Each Parish has a Constable who is in charge of both the Parish and the officers of the Parish Honorary Police consisting of Centeniers, Vingteniers and Constables Officers.

 

Jersey's currency is the Pound Sterling although it does have its own notes and coins. The official languages are English and French and there is a local patois called Jèrriais  The island's name stems from the Norse where "ey" means an island, although no one knows what "Jer" means.

 

The countryside is beautiful, full of winding lanes, many of which have been designated as green lanes and with the restricted speed of traffic are perfect for cycling.  The farmhouses and country cottages are built from rose coloured granite

 

 

Places to visit include:

 

Mont Orgueil and Elizabeth Castles - the former dominates the town of Gorey on the eastern side of the island and the latter, created at a latter date by Sir Walter Raleigh,  is in the bay of St. Aubin where it stands sentry for the town of St. Helier.

 

 

Hamptonne - this is a traditional Jersey farmhouse, restored carefully to its original state.  It can be found in the parish of St. Lawrence.

 

 

 

The Jersey Lavender Farm, established in the west of Jersey where lavender is grown, farmed and used for a variety of products

 

 

La Mare Vineyard - Jersey's own vineyard, where local wine is produced.

 

 

Durrell, the famous wildlife conservation centre set in the grounds of Augres Manor, a traditional Jersey building.  Durrell was founded as a zoo and eventually a sanctuary and breeding centre for animals, birds anDurrelld reptiles threatened with extinction by the late Gerald Durrell.

 

 

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