St Sampsons, Guernsey

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St Sampson’s, the second town in Guernsey, is situated north of St Peter Port, and is almost connected with it by houses and rows of buildings along the shore. It is much smaller than St Peter Port, being little more than one-fifth the population; is bounded on the north and west by Vale parish; on the south by St Peter Port, and on the east by the sea; and contains an area 3,569 vergées of land and a population of 2,986 inhabitants, census of 1871. It is a place of considerable business in connection with the stone trade, which is centered there, to take advantage of the adjacent quarries and of the harbour. Many improvements have been made in the harbour, and the town is continually increasing its importance; there is little to attract or interest a stranger, all the buildings except the church being of modern construction. The lands of this parish were in the hands of the Duke of Normandy till William the Conqueror rewarded Sampson d'Anneville, with about one-fourth of the island, among which was a part of this parish, then erected into the fief or royalty still called the Fief d'Anneville. Sampson attracted a number of emigrants from Normandy to settle on his feudal estate. Other land, being also given to some Norman gentlemen; the Island being divided into parishes; and courts of judicature being regularly established, ought to be considered as the true date of the settlement of the Island. Sampson d'Anneville built a manor house in St Sampson. The old manor-house of Anneville (Anneville Manor), situated on the western side of St. Sampson's parish, still exists, and there the Court of Anneville is held. The old triple-arched doorway, still survives, and at the back of the house are the ruins of the old manorial chapel which was dedicated to St. Thomas


Church of England

  • St Sampsons Parish Church
  • St Marys Church, L’Islet


  • Les Capelles Methodist Church, La Route des Capelles

Roman Catholic

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Rue des Monts, Delancey Hill


  • St Sampsons Secondary School
  • St Sampsons Infants School
  • Haute Capelles Primary School, Les Capelles
  • St Mary and St Michael RC Primary School, Rue des Monts


  • States of Guernsey Prison Service, Les Nicolles

Leisure and entertainment

Aerial view of St Sampsons Harbour, approx 1930s


  • St Sampsons Harbour, The Bridge
  • Les Vardes Quarry


  • L'Islet
  • The Bridge
  • Baubigny
  • Capelles
  • Camp du Roi
  • Les Vardes
  • Rousse
  • La Passee

Ancient Monuments

Old Family Houses

  • La Ronde Cheminée
  • Anneville Manor


  • Fief d'Anneville
  • Fief de Fauville
  • Fief de Henri de Vaugrat
  • Fief de la Croûte Bouilleuse
  • Fief de la Fantôme
  • Fief de Pierre Philippe
  • Fief des Bruniaux
  • Fief des Philippes
  • Fief Le Roi
  • Franc Fief au Gallicien
  • Franc Fief de la Rosière


  • Grand Havre, L’Islet
  • Baie de Port Grat
  • Baie de Pulias
  • Baie des Pecqueries
  • St Sampsons Harbour
  • Mont Crevelt
  • Richmond Corner
  • Halfway
  • Belle Greve Bay
  • Les Banques

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