Saint Peter Port
View of St Peter Port from the South
Location of Saint Peter Port in Guernsey
|Crown Dependency||Guernsey, Channel Islands|
|• Electoral district||Divided into St Peter Port North and St Peter Port South|
|• Total||6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01|
Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port. The population in 2014 was 18,207. 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 existed here before Roman times with a pre-Christian name which has not survived.
The postal 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 on the east coast of Guernsey overlooking Herm and tiny Jethou, a further channel separates Sark and surrounding islets such as Brecqhou; exceptionally Normandy's long Cotentin Peninsula and, to the south-east, Jersey are visible in clear conditions beyond from some, highest, vantage points. The parish borders St. Sampson in the north, The Vale in the north-west, St. Andrew in the west and St. Martin in the south.
The name of the nearest channel is the Little Russel, in which sits the Bréhon Tower; that separating Sark is the Big Russel. Both in width are less than half of Guerney's greatest length and dotted with coastal rocks and stacks quite near the islands, some of which are narrowly submerged.
The land in the north and by the harbour is low-lying but not marshy. In the south, the land gets higher (but not as high as St Martin's or the Forest). Grassy, gently terraced cliffs behind sea walls (including projections) topped by trees characterise the southern part of the coast here (by an aquarium, underground military museum and historic battery at semi-wooded Havelet). In the north is the retail-centred and more built-up Fermain/Admiral's Park coastal locality.
Saint Peter Port is subdivided into four cantons:
Candie Gardens, an award-winning restored Victorian Garden features a statue of Victor Hugo. Cambridge Park is a recreational park that includes a skate park. In 2014 the parish was a Gold & Category Winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, followed in 2016 with another Gold medal.
The features of the town include:
The parish of Saint Peter Port hosts:
The following main roads (listed from north-south) provide important links between St Peter Port and the other parishes:
The following coastal roads (listed from north to south) are also very important as they provide access to the shops, carparks and the harbour:
Saint Peter Port comprises two administrative division, St Peter Port South and St Peter Port North.
In the 2016 Guernsey general election in:
Guernsey bank notes feature a number of parish buildings:
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