Saint Brelade

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Saint Brelade


St Brelade's Bay is one of the island's most popular beaches

Saint Brelade is the south-western parish of Jersey. Its population is around 9,560, and it borders only one other parish, Saint Peter. The parish is the second-largest parish by surface area, covering 7,103 vergees, which is 11% of the total land surface of the island.

1976 stamp


The name of the parish is derived from a 6th century Celtic or Welsh "wandering saint" named Saint Branwalader or Saint 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.


St Brelade's Church is situated at the western 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 Reformation. According to folklore, the reason for the siting of the parish church is that originally parishioners 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.


St Brelade has some of the most popular bays in Jersey, with 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 town of Saint Aubin was originally a fishing port and historically the main centre of population in the parish, but residential development at Les Quennevais has shifted that centre of population.

The traditional nickname for St Bréladais is carpéleuses (caterpillars).

Saint Brelade


The parish is divided into vingtaines for administrative purposes as follows:

  • Vingtaine de Noirmont
  • Vingtaine du Coin
  • Vingtaine des Quennevais
  • Vingtaine de la Moye

St Brelade is divided into two electoral districts: No. 1 district (Vingtaines de Noirmont and du Coin) elects one Deputy No 2 district (Vingtaines des Quennevais and de la Moye) elects two Deputies.

Twin towns

St Brelade is twinned with:


  • Jersey Folk Lore, John H. L'Amy, Jersey 1927

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The parish has a small collection of oil paintings on display in the Parish Hall, featured in the Your Paintings project.

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St Brelade's municipality in 1900


16th Century

  • Brelade Alexandre 1527
  • Edouard Dumaresq 1531
  • Brelade Alexandre 1537
  • Jacquet Horman 1538
  • Edouard Dumaresq 1549
  • Jean Pipon 1551
  • Guillaume Bisson 1555
  • Richard Pipon 1567
  • Jacques Pipon 1586
  • Edouard Bisson 1587, 1593
  • Richard Pipon 1591

17th Century

  • Nicolas Bisson 1601
  • Jean Seale 1615
  • Thomas Seale 1621
  • Thomas Pipon 1629
  • Jean Seale 1644
  • Edouard Anley 1652
  • Edouard Pipon 1657
  • Edouard Pipon 1660
  • Pierre Maret 1675
  • Pierre Seale 1689
  • Josué Pipon 1692
  • Richard Pipon 1695
The parish from the air in 1992

18th Century

  • Philippe Pipon 1700
  • Jacques Pipon 1704
  • Thomas Pipon 1708
  • Jean Le Brun 1713
  • Philippe De Carteret 1718
  • Philippe Le Couteur 1723
  • Josué Pipon 1752
  • Edouard Remon 1758
  • Thomas Pipon 1769
  • Philippe Robin 1771
  • Elie Pipon 1774
  • Jacques Pipon 1776, 1782
  • Edouard Remon 1779
  • François Valpy dit Janvrin 1794
  • Josué Pipon 1795

19th Century

  • Jacques Remon 1800
  • George Philippe Benest 1809
  • Jacques Remon 1814
  • Jean Valpy dit Janvrin 1817
  • Jean Orange 1820
  • Jean Le Couteur 1826
  • Jacques Remon 1832
  • Gédéon Le Bas 1838
  • George Philippe Benest 1844
  • Philippe Le Brun 1860
  • Josué Brayn 1863
  • Jean Carrel 1869
  • Philippe Jean Benest 1875
  • John Alfred Seale 1878

20th Century

  • Josué Alexandre 1903-1909
  • John Edouard Le Boutillier 1909-1913
  • James Horman Le Boutillier 1913-1928
  • Guy Fortescue Burrell De Gruchy 1928-1937
  • Walter Benest 1937-1945
  • Hedley Ernest Le Rossignol 1945-1953
  • John Hamon Chévalier 1953-1968
  • Maxwell John De La Haye 1968-1981
  • Leornard Geoffrey Downer 1981-1987
  • Enid Clare Quenault 1987-1999
  • Maxwell Robert de la Haye 1999-2002

21st Century

  • Mike Jackson 2002-


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