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Channel Islands

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Hello, and welcome to the Channel Islands portal, with information relating to the 8 inhabited, and 11 uninhabited islands. The Channel Islands (in Norman they are the Îles d'la Manche, and in French the Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They have a total population of about 168,000 and their respective capitals, Saint Peter Port and Saint Helier, have populations of 16,488 and 33,500 respectively. The total area of the islands is 194 km2.

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Jersey (/ˈɜrzi/, French: [ʒɛʁzɛ]; Jèrriais: Jèrri [ʒɛri], officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, French: Bailliage de Jersey), is a British Crown dependency just off the coast of Normandy, France. It is the largest Channel Island, and although the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey are often referred to collectively as the Channel Islands, the "Channel Islands" are not a constitutional or political unit. Jersey has a separate relationship to the British Crown from the other Crown dependencies of Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The bailiwick consists of Jersey, Les Dirouilles, Les Écréhous, Les Minquiers, Les Pierres de Lecq, and other reefs.

Jersey is part of the ancient Duchy of Normandy, and is ruled by the Duke of Normandy—a title held by the reigning Monarch of the United Kingdom, though unrelated to those duties as king or queen of the UK. The island is a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with its own financial, legal and judicial systems, and the power of self-determination.

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The Welsh dam Maentwrog Dam, which Paton worked on

Sir Thomas Angus Lyall Paton (10 May 1905–7 April 1999) was a British civil engineer from Jersey. He was commonly known by his second name, Angus. Paton was born into a family that had founded the civil engineering firms of Easton, Gibb & Son and Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners and he would spend his entire professional career working for the latter. Following his graduation from University College London one of his first jobs was the construction of a dam in Maentwrog in Wales (pictured). Paton later became an expert on dams and much of his career was devoted to their construction. (Full article...)

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Castle Cornet

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Castle Cornet is in St. Peter's Port on Guernsey, and was built between 1206 and 1256, developed from a tidal island (like Lihou). A cannon fires every day at midday.

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