La Coupée
"Le Moulin" windmill, c. 1905
A horse-drawn carriage on Sark
September 2005 aerial view of Sark. North is to the lower left, Little Sark toward the upper right and Brecqhou at bottom right.
The Seigneurie (49.44°N, -2.36167°W)
Meeting place for Chief Pleas and the Court of the Seneschal
Seal of the Chief Pleas
Map of settlements in Sark
The high-speed ferry service from Jersey arriving at Sark
St Peter's Church (Anglican)
Tractor-drawn emergency ambulance on Sark

Part of the Channel Islands in the southwestern English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France.

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A bar named in Norman

Sercquiais, also known as lé Sèrtchais, Sarkese or Sark-French, is the Norman dialect of the Channel Island of Sark (Bailiwick of Guernsey).


1680 map of Sark and "Merchant's Island" (Brecquou); South is on top, so Brecqhou is located to the right (west) of Sark.
Map c. 1800 of the Bailiwick of Guernsey (Garnsey), with Sarck (yellow) and Brehoe (green) visible in the east.
Former flag of Brecqhou - the personal flag of Matchan
Coat of arms of Leonard Joseph Matchan
An aerial view of Brecqhou
A view of Brecqhou, from the north of Sark
The Barclay Brothers' completed building the castle on Brecqhou in 1996.<ref>{{Cite news|last1=Bowers |first1=Simon |last2=Pidd |first2=Helen |date=27 June 2012 |title=Brecqhou: how windswept eyesore became Barclays' getaway |newspaper=The Guardian |url= }}</ref>
A view of Brecqhou, from the south east

Brecqhou (or Brechou; ) is one of the Channel Islands, located off the west coast of Sark where they are now geographically detached from each other.

Channel Islands

Archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy.

The Channel Islands and adjacent coast of France
Aerial view of Sark
Aerial view of Guernsey
La Gran'mère du Chimquière, Statue menhir, Saint Martin, Guernsey
German fortifications, built during the Second World War, are presently scattered throughout the landscape of the Channel Islands
During the German occupation of Jersey, a stonemason repairing the paving of the Royal Square incorporated a V for victory under the noses of the occupiers. This was later amended to refer to the Red Cross ship Vega. The addition of the date 1945 and a more recent frame has transformed it into a monument.
Crowds cheer as the Channel Islands are liberated at Saint Peter Port in 1945
Entrance to the public gallery of the States Chamber in Jersey
ATR 42-500 of Aurigny Air Services
A sea festival advertised using Dgèrnésiais
This statue of a crapaud (toad) in St Helier represents the traditional nickname for Jersey people
Flag of Jersey
Flag of Guernsey
Flag of Alderney
Flag of Sark
Flag of Herm
Flag of Brecqhou

They include two Crown Dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey, which is the largest of the islands; and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and some smaller islands.


Northernmost of the inhabited Channel Islands.

English Channel with Alderney in the middle
1890 map of Alderney and adjacent islands
Alderney camps memorial plaque
Vegetation of Alderney (cabbage trees)
Les Étacs – gannet colony
Satellite view of Alderney
Alderney (centre) and Burhou (upper right)
Ortac in the distance, seen from the ferry. Alderney is in the background.
Breakwater of Alderney, Braye Harbour
Enlargeable, detailed map of Alderney and associated islands
Overlooking Braye Bay
Fort Clonque – Burhou in the background
The inner harbour, breakwater designed by James Walker in the background

An Optical telegraph tower was constructed above La Foulère in 1811, enabling signals to be relayed visually to Le Mât in Sark and on to Guernsey – early warning of attack during the Napoleonic Wars was of strategic importance.

Norman language

Norman or Norman French (Normaund, Normand, Guernésiais: Normand, Jèrriais: Nouormand) is, depending on classification, either a French dialect or a Romance language which can be classified as one of the Oïl languages along with French, Picard and Walloon.

A bar named in Norman

Sercquiais (or Sarkese, in Sark)

Duchy of Normandy

The Duchy of Normandy grew out of the 911 Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between King Charles III of West Francia and the Viking leader Rollo.

Normandy's historical borders in the northwest of France and the Channel Islands
Statue of Rollo, founder of the fiefdom of Normandy, standing in Falaise, Calvados, birthplace of his descendant William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy who became King of England.
Normandy's historical borders in the northwest of France and the Channel Islands

It remained disputed territory until the Treaty of Paris of 1259, when the English sovereign ceded his claim except for the Channel Islands; i.e., the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, and their dependencies (including Sark).

Bailiwick of Guernsey

One of three Crown Dependencies.

Islands and islets belonging to the Bailiwick of Guernsey, shown within the Channel Islands
Duchy of Normandy three leopards symbol

Separated from the Duchy of Normandy by and under the terms of the Treaty (or Peace) of Le Goulet in 1204, the Bailiwick comprises a number of islands in the English Channel which fall into three separate sub-jurisdictions: Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.


Originally feudal title in France before the Revolution, in New France and British North America until 1854, and in the Channel Islands to this day.

Sophie Masson, seigneuresse of Terrebonne, Canada

In particular, it refers to the Seigneur of Sark, the hereditary ruler of Sark, a jurisdiction of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

David and Frederick Barclay

Sir David Rowat Barclay (27 October 1934 – 10 January 2021) and Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay (born 27 October 1934), commonly referred to as the "Barclay Brothers" or "Barclay Twins", were British billionaires.

Brecqhou – Barclay brothers' castle

In 1993, the brothers bought the lease of the island of Brecqhou, off the coast of Sark, Brecqhou being one of the smallest of the Channel Islands.


Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy that is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency.

Castle Cornet over the harbour of St Peter Port in the second half of the 17th century.
The islands of Guernsey, Herm and Sark (left to right) as seen from space
Detailed map of Guernsey and nearby islands
Guernsey from the air
Guernsey cliffs
Bailiff Richard Collas (right) attending the Queen's birthday parade 2016 in his formal robes
The parishes of Guernsey
A Guernsey Post pillar box
An ATR 42-500 of Aurigny Air Services takes off from Bristol Airport, England (2016).
Towers in Guernsey
Coast of Guernsey
Elizabeth College, in St Peter Port, Guernsey
George Métivier
Children on the Beach of Guernsey (1883) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
A Guernsey cow
Joshua Gosselin racing for the Guernsey Velo Club

Taken together with the separate jurisdictions of Alderney and Sark it forms the Bailiwick of Guernsey.