Saint Peter, Guernsey

Not to be confused with St. Peter Port.
Saint Peter
Saint Pierre du Bois

Location of Saint Pierre Du Bois in Guernsey
Coordinates: 49°26′28″N 2°38′28″W / 49.44111°N 2.64111°W / 49.44111; -2.64111Coordinates: 49°26′28″N 2°38′28″W / 49.44111°N 2.64111°W / 49.44111; -2.64111
Crown Dependency Guernsey, Channel Islands
  Electoral district West
  Total 6.2 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
  Total 2,188
  Density 350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zone GMT
  Summer (DST) UTC+01 (UTC)

St Peter's (Guernesiais: Saint Pierre), known officially as Saint Pierre du Bois (English: "St. Peter in the Wood") is a parish in Guernsey. It is the centre for the Guernsey Western Parishes which includes Torteval, St Saviour's and the Forest.

The old Guernesiais nickname for people from Saint Pierre was etcherbaots which means beetles.

The postal code for street addresses in this parish begins with GY7.

St Peter's won the Britain in Bloom small coastal prize in 2015.[1] and a gold medal in the 2016 Champion of Champions competition.[2]


The parish is located in the West of the Island and has borders with the parishes of Torteval, St. Saviour's, Forest and St. Andrew's.

The parish is mainly countryside with a small village in the centre. The parish church is one of the most unusual in the islands as it is built at the bottom of a small valley and the interior of the church is not flat but diagonal in appearance.


The features of the parish include:

  • St Peter's church
  • St Peter's village
  • Lihou
  • Military:
  • A number of protected buildings [5]
  • Le Creux es Faies neolithic passage grave can be found on the L'Eree headland. In local folk lore it is said to be one of the entrances to fairy land. [4]:148
  • Beaches
    • Rocquaine Bay
    • Le Crocq du Sud
    • L'Erée
  • Lihou [4]:148
  • Nature reserves
    • Silbe nature reserve [6]
    • Colin Best nature reserve [7]
    • La Claire Mare nature reserve [8] [4]:149
    • Lihou Island nature reserve
  • Abreuvoirs (places for cattle to drink) [9]

The parish of the Vale hosts:

  • St Peter's Douzaine
  • Styx community centre
  • Countryside walks [4]:145
Fort Grey


Saint Peter comprises part of the West administrative division with Torteval, St. Saviour's and Forest

In the Guernsey general election, 2016 there was a 3,188 or 74% turnout to elect five Deputies. Those elected (in order of votes received) being Al Brouard, Andrea Dudley-Owen, Emilie Yerby, David De Lisle and Shane Langlois.

Notable people


  1. "St Peter's wins class in national Britain in Bloom". Guernsey press.
  2. "RHS Britain in Bloom 2016 UK Finals Full Results". RHS Britain in Bloom.
  3. "St Peter Parish Memorial, Guernsey". Great War CI.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Dillon, Paddy. Channel Island Walks. Cicerone Press Limited, 1999. ISBN 9781852842888.
  5. "PROTECTED BUILDINGS". Environment - Guernsey government.
  6. "Silbe". Visit Guernsey.
  7. "Colin Best nature reserve". La Société Guernesiaise.
  8. "La Claire Mare". La Société Guernesiaise.
  9. "Guernsey Abreuvoirs". La Société Guernesiaise.

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