St James, Guernsey

St James in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, formerly called the church of St James-the-Less, has since 1985 become a concert and assembly hall providing the island with a unique and versatile venue.


In October 1815 Admiral James de Sausmarez suggested the idea of building a church for use by the British garrison based in Guernsey where services could be held in English (as against French in other island churches). The church was designed by John Wilson and completed by 1818.[1] [2]:694

Sketched in 1832 by J. M. W. Turner.[3] Used as a chapel by nearby Elizabeth College.

In 1970 the church became redundant and started to decay until in 1981 The Friends of St James association was formed to restore and manage the building. The States of Guernsey agreed to pay for this restoration in 1983 and the building was officially re-opened on 5 July 1985 by HRH the Duke of Kent.[1] The restoration of the building winning a Civic Trust Award in 1986.[4]

In 2002 the Dorey Centre, comprising meeting rooms, café and administration offices, were completed,[1] which gave the centre additional facilities such as exhibition space and to cater for formal dinners and weddings. The gallery was chosen to house the Guernsey Millennium Tapestry.


See also


  1. 1 2 3 "History".
  2. Ring, Trudi et alii (1996). Northern Europe: International Dictionary of Historic Places. Routledge. ISBN 978-1884964015.
  3. "Elizabeth College and St James-the-Less, St Peter Port; ?French Stagecoach; ?Caudebec-en-Caux ?1832". Tate.
  4. "Schemes in Channel Islands". Civic Trust Awards.

Coordinates: 49°27′24.3″N 2°32′20″W / 49.456750°N 2.53889°W / 49.456750; -2.53889

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