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Coast


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One of the earliest maps of the island, drawn by Richard Popinjay in 1563


This series of articles by Doug Ford, retired education officer for Jersey Heritage and a respected authority on Jersey's maritime history, charts the history of Jersey's coastline, starting from Havre des Pas to the south of the capital town of St Helier, and moving in an anti-clockwise direction around the island.

The series was first published in the Jersey Evening Post from 2015 to 2017 and is now reproduced here, including three unpublished articles, with the kind permission of the author


The numbers on the map refer to the links below

Origins of names

The author's coastal tour starts to the south of St Helier at Havre des Pas, a popular beach for town residents and holidaymakers since Victorian times, and follows the coast in a linked series of 34 articles.

Each article examines the origins of the names of the localities, and of some rocks, caves and other features nearby. Some are identified as having French or Jèrriais origins, others date back much further, being derived from norse words, hinting at the island's Norman past.

Defences

Ever since King John lost his French possessions, including mainland Normandy, retaining only the Channel Islands from what was once part of the Duchy, the French have wanted the islands back.

From 1204 onwards it was necessary to defend the island against the threat of French invasions, and these Coast articles identify many of the coastal defence installations which were built over the centuries, some of them still in place today. The articles also identify the many German installations built as part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall during the Second World War.

Start your tour of Jersey's Coast at any point by clicking on one of the 34 linked images below. There are links at the bottom of each article enabling you to continue that tour in whichever direction you choose. Each page includes a section of a historical map of the area and some of the best photographs from our collection.

You will also find links on each page to a number of other associated articles for 'further reading', and to further photographs and old drawings of the coastal locations.

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