|Crown Dependency||Jersey, Channel Islands|
|• Connétable||Michael Jackson|
|• Total||12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 2nd|
|• Density||830/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01|
The parish is the second-largest parish by surface area, covering 7,103 vergées (12.78 km2), which is 11% of the total land surface of the island and it occupies the southwestern part of the island. It is the only parish to border only one other parish, St. Peter.
The parish is largely a suburban commuter area for St Helier, with expansive low rise residential development, especially in the urban area of Les Quennevais. However, the parish also has a number of notable natural sites, such as the sand dunes of St Ouen's Bay.
Its name is derived from a 6th-century Celtic or Welsh "wandering saint" named Branwalator or St. Brelade (also Branwallder, Broladre, Brelodre, Brélade), who is said to have been the son of the Cornish king, Kenen. He is also said to have been a disciple of Samson of Dol, and worked with this churchman in Cornwall and the Channel Islands. A large section of the Jersey Railway linking La Corbière with Saint Helier ran through the parish between 1870 and 1936.
The town of St. Aubin is named for St. Aubin, Bishop of Angers in France.
The Jersey parish system has been in place for centuries. By Norman times, the parish boundaries were firmly fixed and remain largely unchanged since.
In 1180 Jersey was divided by the Normans into three ministeria for administrative purposes. St. Brelade was part of Crapoudoit. Crapoudoit likely refers to the stream running through St. Peter's Valley.
Towards the end of the 17th century, after the Battle of Jersey, trade with the New World from Jersey grew, as did Jersey's shipbuilding industry. Jersey has had a long tradition of shipbuilding. In 1683, the Constable of St. Brelade fined four men living near St. Aubin for cluttering up the road from their houses to Le Boulevard.
The parish is a first-level administrative division of the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency. The highest official in the parish is the Connétable of St. Brealde. The incumbent office holder is Michael Jackson, who has held the office since 2005. The parish administration is headquartered in the village of St. Aubin.
At present, the parish forms two electoral districts for States Assembly elections and elects three Deputies, as well as eight Senators in an islandwide constituency. The current Deputies for St. Brelade are listed below. Under the proposed electoral reform, St. Brelade will form a single constituency, electing four representatives alongside its Connétable.
|1||La Vingtaine de Noirmont||John Young|
|2||La Vingtaine des Quennevais||Monty Tadier
St. Brelade is in the south-west of the island of Jersey, part of the Channel Islands archipelago. It is the only parish to border one other parish, St. Peter. It is located 4.7 kilometres (2.9 mi) west of St Helier. The parish has a number of popular bays, St. Brelade's Bay, Ouaisné, Portelet and parts of both St. Ouen's Bay and St. Aubin's Bay falling within the parish boundaries.
The parish is quite urbanised, with 29% of the land area being built environment. It is also the least agricultural, with only 24% of the parish dedicated to cultivation. However, 38% dedicated to the natural environment, as the parish has notable natural coastal areas.
The parish's population is largely centred around three primary areas of development. The largest is the Les Quennevais built-up area, developed largely in incorporating St. Brelade's Bay. This area has a number of shops, a leisure centre and a secondary school. The other areas are the developments around Noirmont and Mont Nicolle and the town of St. Aubin, the historic centre of the parish - originally a fishing port facing St. Helier on the opposite side of St. Aubin's Bay.
Portelet Bay is found in the parish at the bottom of the Noirmont headland, between St. Brelade and St. Aubin's Bay. Long popular with tourists, the bay features a islet named Île au Guerdain (named for a local family) on which stands a Martello Tower. In the 1920s, the first holiday camp on Jersey opened overlooking the bay, at one point owned by Sir Billy Butlin, though the camp closed in 2000. The bay featured a controversy around 2010, with planning permission granted for a number of homes overlooking the bay.
Culture and communityEdit
The parish has a number of community facilities. The Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Park is located in St. Brelade's Bay and the Elephant Park is located near the Les Quennevais Precinct. There is a branch of the Jersey Library called the Les Quennevais Brach Library. It was formerly located within Les Quennevais school until that site was moved in 2020. It is now located in the Communicare Centre.
Les Quennevais leisure centre in St. Brelade will be redeveloped in two phases as part of the Government's Inspiring Active Places Strategy. First will be to provision of a new skate park and a four court netball facility as well as a 3G football pitch. The Jersey indoor netball facility is current at Les Ormes (also in St. Brelade), which is being closed and redeveloped by March 2023. The target date for this phase of development is 2024. By 2032, phase 2 will be complete: the existing sports centre buildings will be demolished and replaced with parking after the construction of a new leisure centre, incorporating an eight lane 25 m swimming pool, an eight court sports hall, a permanent recreational gymnastics facility and a large fitness suite. The site will also be the new home of the Jersey Library Les Quennevais Branch.
St. Brelade is twinned with:
There are a large number of main roads in the parish, including the western terminus of the A1 and the Five Mile Road.
The parish was formerly served by the Jersey Railway, which connected Corbière to St. Aubin then onto St. Helier along the coast. In 1871, it was proposed that the Jersey Railway, which at the time only extended to St. Aubin, should be extended to La Moye to serve the Granite quarry. The line was closed in 1936 after a fire in a station. The Germans re-utilised the track during the Occupation.
The old railway track has been converted into a shared-use countryside park and pathway known as the Railway Walk. As part of the Sustainable Transport Policy, there will be a toucan crossing installed at the junction of the Walk with La Rue du Pont Marquet, which is an accident black spot.
St Aubin's Fort is located on an islet in St Aubin's Bay. It was built at the command of Sir Henry Cornish in 1542. It became a fort in 1643, during the English Civil War. The islet was refortified during the Occupation.
The lighthouse at La Corbière features on the Jersey £5 note (see Jersey pound) and the Jersey 20-pence piece (see coins of the Jersey pound). "La Corbière" means the place of ravens or crows. This corner of the island had a fearsome reputation amongst sailors and was the scene of many wrecks. The lighthouse was constructed in 1873, designed by Sir John Coode. A causeway connects the lighthouse to the mainland but is cut off for large parts of the day.
St. Brelade's Church is situated at the end of St. Brelade's Bay, an unusual situation being comparatively distant from historic centres of population. The small Fisherman's Chapel alongside contains mediaeval frescoes which survived the iconoclasm of the Reformation. According to folklore, the reason for the siting of the parish church is that originally the St. Bréladais intended to build the church inland, much nearer to the homes of the congregation. However les p'tits faîtchieaux (the little people) who had their temple in a nearby dolmen were disturbed by the construction of the foundations and, every night, would undo the construction work and magically transport all the tools and materials down to the shoreline. Eventually the humans gave up and built the church where the fairies had indicated.
Another church is located close to the Parish Hall in St. Aubin. St Aubin on the Hill is an Anglican church in the Parish of St. Brelade dedicated to St. Aubin of Angers. The church that stands today was built in the 19th century and is a fine example of Victorian Gothic style, with beautiful stained glass windows. When this was built the appointed minister of the Anglican church also supported the building of a local primary school just a short walk from the church. St. Brelade's School served the whole parish until it closed in 1984 and became St. Brelade's College, a school that teaches English to foreign pupils.
- Isaac LeVesconte (12 August 1822 – 26 October 1879), Nova Scotia businessman and political figure.
- Charles Robin
- Robert Pipon Marett, of La Haule Manor
- Claude Cahun
- André Gide
- Simon Laurens
- Derek Warwick, former British Formula One driver
- Ronald Price Hickman, car designer and inventor who designed the original Lotus Elan, the Lotus Elan +2 and the Lotus Europa, as well as the Black & Decker Workmate.
- Bob Murray (businessman) businessman and former chairman of Sunderland A.F.C. An accountant by trade, he made his fortune through the growth and sale of the Spring Ram kitchen manufacturing company.
- Jack Higgins, pseudonym of British novelist Harry Patterson, author of The Eagle Has Landed
- Measured from the church to the Royal Square
- Jersey Folk Lore, John H. L'Amy, Jersey 1927
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