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St Sampson, Guernsey

Historical Description

Sampson, St, a parish in the NE of Guernsey, 2½ miles NNE of St Peters. It has a post office under Guernsey. Acreage, 1435; population, 4549. Sampson, a fugitive British bishop from York, landed here in the 6th century, and built a chapel opposite Vale Castle, and Sampson d'Anneville got the manor from William the Conqueror. St Sampson's Harbour is a considerable sea-inlet, penetrating nearly at right angles with the coast-line; appears to have been in early times the only harbour used in the island; and is now of secondary consequence, and used chiefly for the exportation of granite. That rock here is of excellent building quality, and is extensively quarried and exported. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £121 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church is said to have been rebuilt in 1111 on the site of the original chapel, and has undergone so many alterations and enlargements as to retain little of its original masonry. There are a French Methodist chapel and several schools.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5