Where on earth is Jersey I hear you ask ? Well look at the picture below and now you will know. For all you Americans out there our Jersey came before your New Jersey ! You are named after us not the other way around. The Island lies between England and France and is one of a number of small islands which include Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, and Herm.
Jersey is the largest and most southerly of the British Channel Islands and is situated in the Gulf of St. Malo section of the English Channel. Jersey covers an area of 45 square miles and has a population of approximately 85,000. At its closest, the coast of France is only 14 miles away from Jersey.
But Jersey was not always an island! Don’t believe me? Well it’s true. We were part of France in Neolithic times. Just look at the neolithic map !
The Channel Islands originally formed part of the Duchy of Normandy in France and their present constitution dates back to 1066 when William, Duke of Normandy became King of England. There are frequent scheduled air services to Jersey from London Heathrow and Gatwick, Paris, Zurich and Amsterdam as well as many of the other United Kingdom regional airports. The flying time both to London and to Paris is approximately 1 hour. In addition, there are regular sea passenger services to England and France. For further details I suggest you make contact with the Jersey Tourism or Jersey Holidays web sites.
For more detail about the Island click here.
We should also not forget about the island of Sark, which is felt by many to be the most picturesque of the islands. The Vibert family has close links to the early history of Sark, and more info is available here.