The French Culture
of the Channel Islands
We start with the largest island Jersey and move down to the smallest which is Brechou. Please scroll down.
Some Jersey links:
La Pouquelaye, St Helier JE2 3ZN
Tél. +44 1534 875 655
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Amitiés Franco-Britanniques
Mrs Nicole Hervé, Boqueho, 6 Tower View
La Grande Route de St Martin, Jersey JE2 3ZN
Tél. +44 1534 854 596
Other Useful Links
Jersey Heritage Trust - to quote them: "are responsible for the island's major historic sites, award-winning museums and public archives. hold collections of artefacts, works of art, documents, specimens and information relating to Jersey's history, culture and environment."
Jersey Norman French - Jersiais Here are some examples. Visit The L'Assembliee d'Jèrriais to find out more. Also go to to Language Museum to see more written Jersey French. Also go to http://www.language-museum.com/f/french-
medieval.htm for an example of medieval French
For tourist information about the Guernsey Bailiwick please visit the Guernsey Tourism Site www.guernseytouristboard.com - from where the pictures on the Guernsey section of this page originate. We are happy to provide information and also to promote the culture and naturalness that is Guernsey. The other islands forming the Bailiwick of Guernsey are Alderney, Sark, Herm, Brechou, Lihou and Jethou.
Alliance francaise de Guernsey 01481 255445
One of Guernsey's former French Residents was Victor Hugo - Victor Hugo left France where he was being persecuted for his political beliefs and lived for a short while in Jersey and then moved to Guernsey where he lived from 1855 to 1870. His Guernsey home Hauteville House, is owned by the City of Paris. Read all about this by going to www.victorhugo.gg
Guernsey Norman French - Dgèrnésiais was spoken in Guernsey for 1000 years. Go to Language Museum where you will see an example of the Lord's Prayer in Dgèrnésiais. Also go to http://www.language-museum.com/f/french-medieval.htm for an example of medieval French. For a more detailed description go to http://user.itl.net/~panther/dguern.htm Marie De Garis’ Dictiounnaire Angllais-Guernesiais English-Dgernesiais Dictionary is a dictionary of the language
"Les Ravigotteurs" is an association devoted to the Dgernesiais patois and L’Assembllaïe D’Guernesiais is an association supporting Guernsey culture.
Alderney is just 8 miles from Normandy. It is twinned with the Norman town of Beaumont-Hague www.agglo-lahague.fr In the 900s AD the island in common with the other Channel Islands was a part of the Province of Rouen. To quote the Alderney Website "William the Conquerer granted the Church in Alderney to the Abbey of St. Michel in exchange for part of Guernsey in 1042 and transferred it to the Bishop of Coutances in 1057. " Visit this site to discover all about Alderney's unique history. http://www.alderney.gov.gg
Sark is a little jewel of an island in the Channel. For more information go to their delightful website and better still subscribe to Jennifer Cochrane's charming newsletters. To quote from their website "In 1565, Queen Elizabeth I granted Sark to Helier de Carteret as a 'fief haubert' and the island's unique status has remained the same ever since. Today, Sark holds the last remaining feudal constitution in the Western world; neither part of the United Kingdom nor European Union, yet not a sovereign state either. The Seigneur holds the island from the Monarch in perpetuity, and governs in conjunction with Chief Pleas, the island's parliament." To find out more please go to the website http://www.sark.info
To read the latest Sark News - which is updated weekly, go to http://www.sark.info/news/
is best known for its
beaches. Go to
http://www.herm-island.com/ which is their official web site.
There is a regular boat service between Sark and Herm.
Accommodation is available there and the
only hotel on Herm is the White House Hotel, where there are no
telephones, televisions or clocks. Herm has always been an
attraction for people seeking solace and has thus appealed to monks
including a Celtic monk St Tugual
Lihou - one can walk to Lihou at low-tide using a causeway one quarter mile long from L’Erée headland. The island is very beautiful and has a priory which is believed to have been established by Benedictine monks from Mont Saint Michel in Normandy in the 12th century. The monks continued to use this perhaps well after the Channel Islands swore allegiance to the English throne. For more information go to http://www.gov.gg/boa/lihou.htm
This tiny island has many standing stones and was once walled. It has the most beautiful bluebell wood. Jetou was occupied by the Faed family until 1971 and tourists were encouraged to come to the island but since then it has not been open to the public. Colin Faed has created a website about Jethou go to http://www.faed.net/jethou.htm. Collin has very kindly permitted the use of his photos.
To quote from the Jethou guide- book regarding Jethou's links to France :"In 1028 Duke Robert of Normandy, gave the Island to his ‘Admiral’ Restald for some service he had performed. Restald, on his retirement from active life and to gain his entrance to the Monastery of Mont St. Michel in Normandy, bequeathed Jethou to the Monks of that Establishment, in effect to secure for his old age a home and the wherewithal to live. In 1158 a certain Guillaume Chesney was granted the tenancy by Prince John Earl of Montaine, how this was arranged is not known but on Chesney’s death it reverted to Mont St. Michel. In 1270 Prince Edward granted to Sir William de Chesney the right of keeping a warren in the Channel Islands—this was in Jethou, so the rabbits whose descendants are still with us, must have already been here On Sir William’s death the Island reverted to the representative of Mont St. Michel in Guernsey, namely the Abbot of the Vale Priory.As a result of an Act of Parliament under Henry V in 1414 the French Monasteries in the Channel Islands were suppressed and Jethou passed from the hands of Mont St. Michel after 350 years. It is believed however that other Benedictine Monks occupied the Island for another 100 years"
Brechou is a part of Sark and in turn Sark is a part of Guernsey. However the island is privately owned and as a private residence, in effect, we are not going to disclose information about the island other than that it is very small with a few fields and is not a tourist location.