Jersey Channel Islands
The island is famous for the Jersey Cow, the Jersey Potato, Lilly Langtry and the Bergerac TV series during the eighties. The Jersey cow is famous for its rich milk and has been developed over the last 200 years. Foreign cattle have been banned in Jersey since 1789 and selective breeding began seriously in the 1830’s.
Jersey is divided into twelve parishes that all border the sea, listed with links to the left. The Jersey parishes are named after Christian Saints to whom their ancient parish churches were dedicated.
Jersey has its own system of government, known as the States, its own laws and system of taxation. The Lieutenant-Governor, appointed by the Crown, is the official link between Jersey and the British Government. The Bailiff, also appointed by the Crown, is the leader of the Jersey government.
The Island’s parliament is made up of 53 members, all are elected as independents. The States is made up of 29 Deputies and 12 parish constables (all elected for three years) and 12 Senators (elected for six). The Chief Minister and Ministers are elected from within the assembly.
Others who sit, and have the right to speak but not to vote, are the Bailiff and his deputy, the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General and the Solicitor General, and the head of the local Anglican Church, the Dean.
Jersey was ringed by 23 coastal towers constructed in a style that is unique to the island. They were built after the French invasion attempt of 1779. The eight squat Martello towers were built after the turn of the century and are similar to towers around the British Isles. Other batteries, guardhouses and magazines, built in the 18th century, have survived in varying states of ruin.
BBC CI Occupation
History of Jersey
St Clement's Church, Jersey (Channel Islands)
Photos from History www.deanephotos.com
This site is a large ongoing project with new material being added from contributors and the author's own archive of Channel Island photography.