Trinity, Jersey

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Jersey parish
Bouley Bay which is a small harbour in Trinity.
Bouley Bay which is a small harbour in Trinity.
Coat of arms of Trinity
Coat of arms
Location of Trinity in Jersey
Location of Trinity in Jersey
Crown Dependency Jersey, Channel Islands
 • Connétable John Le Sueur Gallichan
 • Total 12.3 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 3rd
Elevation[3] 124 m (407 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 3,156
 • Density 260/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) UTC+01 (UTC)
Postcode district JE3
Postcode sector 5
Boundary stone on the border of Trinity and Saint John, dated 1881

Trinity (French: La Trinité, Jèrriais: La Trinneté) is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey in the Channel Islands, and located the north east of the island. Les Platons is the highest point in Jersey.

Trinity has the reputation of being the most rural of Jersey's parishes, being the third-largest parish by surface area with the third-smallest population. The parish covers 6,817 vergées (12.3 km2 (4.7 sq mi)). It is home to the States Farm, the Durrell Wildlife Park at Les Augrès Manor, the headquarters of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society at the Royal Jersey Showground, and the Pallot Heritage Steam Museum.

The coat of arms of the Parish of Trinity shows the Shield of the Trinity diagram.

Buildings and monuments[edit]

The Parish church, with its distinctive white pyramidal spire, is a notable landmark.

The Le Vesconte memorial (erected 1910) takes the form of an obelisk at a crossroads commemorating Philippe Le Vesconte (21 December 1837 - 21 August 1909) who was 10 times elected Constable between 1868–1877 and 1890-1909.

Trinity Manor is the home of the Seigneur of Trinity. Athelstan Riley purchased Trinity Manor in 1909. Finding the manor house in a ruined condition, he undertook an elaborate restoration (or "imaginative reconstruction", which has been criticised as turning the building into a French style château[4]). The reconstruction was carried out 1910-1913 by C. Messervy to designs by Sir Reginald Blomfield.[5] One of the surviving feudal duties of the holder of this fief is to present the Monarch with a pair of mallards when he or she visits the Island. The current holder of the title is Pamela Bell, as Dame of Trinity.[6]


Among prominent natives of the parish (les Trinnetais) is Sir Arthur de la Mare (1914–1994), a retired ambassador and diplomat in Japan, Thailand and Singapore, who wrote Jèrriais literature in the Trinity dialect.

In folklore, the area of Bouley has been reputed to be haunted by the Tchian d'Bouôlé (Black Dog of Bouley), a phantom dog whose appearance presages storms. The story is believed to have been encouraged by smugglers who wanted to discourage nocturnal movements by people who might witness the movement of contraband at the harbour in Bouley.[7]

The Jersey Live Music Festival has been held annually at The Royal Jersey Showground since 2004.[8][9]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1991 2,640 —    
1996 2,639 −0.0%
2001 2,718 +3.0%
2011 3,156 +16.1%



Trinity is divided into the following vingtaines:

Trinity elects one Deputy.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Members". Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
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  3. ^ "Weather Forecast Saint Helier, United Kingdom | Saint Helier Weather". Wunderground. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ The Bailiwick of Jersey, G. R. Balleine, 1951
  5. ^ Portrait of the Channel Islands, Raoul Lemprière, 1970 ISBN 978-0-7091-1541-0
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  7. ^ "Jersey - My Island - Folklore - Black Dog of Bouley Bay". BBC. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Europe | Jersey | Big ticket sales for Jersey Live". BBC News. 2005-08-11. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  9. ^ "BBC News - Jersey Live confirm The Rapture for Sunday night". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  10. ^ Death of Alan Whicker

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Coordinates: 49°13′59″N 2°05′31″W / 49.233°N 2.092°W / 49.233; -2.092