Vergée

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A vergée or vergee is a unit of area, a quarter of the French acre. The term derives from Latin virga (rod) via the French verge (yard).

In the Channel Islands, it is a standard measure of land, but the statutory definition differs between the bailiwicks.

  • In Guernsey, a vergée (Guernésiais: vergie) is 17,640 square feet (1 639 m²). It is 40 (square) Guernsey perches. A Guernsey perch (also spelt perque) is 21 feet by 21 feet.
  • In Jersey, a vergée (Jèrriais: vrégie) is 19,360 square feet (1 798.6 m²). It is 40 (square) Jersey perches. A Jersey perch (also spelt pèrque) is a square 24 pied de perche on each side (i.e. a square 22 imperial feet on each side).

Conversions

1 vergée (Guernsey) is equivalent to:

  • 1 638.809 63 m²
  • 0.404958678 acres

1 vergée (Jersey) is equivalent to:

  • 1 798.60285 m²
  • 0.444444444 acres

Livres de Perchage

From 'Weights and Measures' by T F Priaulx in the quarterly review of the Guernsey Society 1974.

"The vergée and the perch have been used in the Channel Islands for measuring land from time immemorial, and their continued use in Guernsey was authorised by the Order in Council of 1916. The square perch contains 441 English square feet and there are 40 square perches to the vergée ... there were four vergées to the Guernsey acre, five acres to the bouvée and twenty bouvées to the caruée but these measures were never used except in the Livres de Perchage of fiefs."

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