Saint Peter Port
is the capital
as well as the main port
. The population in 2001 was 16,488. In Guernésiais
and in French, historically the official language of Guernsey, the name of the town and its surrounding parish
is St Pierre Port
. The "port" distinguishes this parish from Saint Pierre Du Bois
As well as being a parish, St. Peter Port is a small town consisting mostly of steep narrow streets and steps on the overlooking slopes. It is known that a trading post/town has existed here since before Roman times, the pre-Christian name of which has not survived into the modern era.
The post code for addresses in this parish starts with GY1.
People from St. Peter Port, were nicknamed "les Villais" (the townspeople) or "cllichards" in Guernésiais.
St. Peter Port is located on the East coast of Guernsey
. It borders St Sampson's
in the North, The Vale
in the North-West, St Andrew's
in the West and St Martin's
in the South.
The land in the North and by the harbour is low lying but in the South, the land gets much higher (but not as high as St Martin's
or the Forest
). This means that there are quite a few cliffs on the coast between Havelet and Fermain.
Saint Peter Port is subdivided into four cantons:
- Canton 1 or North Canton
- Canton 2 or Canton of the North-West
- Canton 3 or Canton of the South-West
- Canton 4 or Canton of the South
In addition, the islands of Herm
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