Jethou

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Jethou is one of the islands making up the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is privately leased, and not open to the public.

It is immediately south of Herm and has an area of approximately 44 acres.

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History

It is said that in AD 709 a storm washed away the strip of land which connected the island with Herm.[1]

In 1416, it became part of Henry V's estate and still remains a Crown lease and now owned by the States of Guernsey.

Modern history

From 1920 to 1923 it was leased by Compton MacKenzie along with Herm and remained part of that estate for a number of years.

On the top is a marker. It is said that in earlier times, pirates were hanged on it with chains, like nearby Crevichon.

From September 1964 until December 1971 the island was occupied by the Faed family consisting of Mr Angus Faed, his wife Susan Faed and their four children, Colin, Erik, Colette and Amanda. Mrs. Susan Faed was the 22nd tenant of Jethou.

It is flanked by two islets, Crevichon to the north and Fauconniere to the south. There is one house on the island and two cottages as well as a large garage where vehicles such as quad bikes and tractors are stored.

It is now leased by Sir Peter Ogden of IT company Computacenter.

Politics

Unlike the largely autonomous islands of Sark and Alderney within the Bailiwick, Jethou is administered entirely by the States of Guernsey,[2] and elects members to the States of Deliberation as part of the St Peter Port South electoral district.[3]

Wildlife

At the back (east) of Jethou, puffins can be seen swimming off the rocks.

They also nest there in the east clifftop (or at least they did up to 1971)

Jethou in Arts & Literature

Jethou or Crusoe Life in the Channel Islands is a novel by Ernest Richard Suffling (pen name of Harry Nilford) published by Jarrold & Sons in 1892.

The British 1957 musical Free as Air by Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade was set on the fictitious island of 'Terhou', which was based on Jethou.

See also

References

  1. About Herm
  2. http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/ICESCR-report-part1.pdf
  3. http://www.gov.gg/ccm/navigation/government/general-election---23-4-2008/

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