Vergée

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Tables of conversion between Jersey vergées and English acres from an 1891 almanac

A vergée (French pronunciation: ​[vɛʁʒe], alternate spellings vergie, vrégie) is a unit of land area, a quarter of the old French arpent. The term derives from Latin virga (rod). Compare French verge (yard).

In the Channel Islands, it is a standard measure of land, but the statutory definition differs between the bailiwicks.

  • In France, a vergée was 12,100 square Paris feet (1,276.8 m²), equal to 25 square perches. The surveying perch measured 22 French feet.
  • In French North America, it was also equal to 25 square perches, but the royal perch of 18 feet was used, yielding a vergée of 8100 square feet (854.7 m²)
  • In Guernsey, a vergée (Guernésiais: vergie) is 17,640 square feet (1,639 m²). It is 40 (square) Guernsey perches. A Guernsey perch (also spelt perque) is 21 feet by 21 feet.[1]
  • In Jersey, a vergée (Jèrriais: vrégie) is 19,360 square feet (1,798.6 m²). It is 40 (square) Jersey perches. A Jersey perch (also spelt pèrque) is a square 24 pied de perche on each side (i.e. a square 22 imperial feet on each side).[2]
An inscribed stone describes this 11 vergée 25 perch clos des pauvres in Jersey

Conversions[edit]

1 vergée (Guernsey) is equivalent to:

  • 1 638.809 63 m²
  • 0.404958678 acres

1 vergée (Jersey) is equivalent to:

  • 1,798.60285 m²
  • 0.444444444 acres

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictiounnaire Angllais-Guernésiais, de Garis, 1982 ISBN 0-85033-462-4
  2. ^ Unusual Jersey Measures

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