Parish of St Sampson
Located in the north of Guernsey, St. Sampson is one of the island’s most densely populated parishes. The parish area is 2.4 sq miles and is bordered by the parishes of St. Peter Port to the south and Vale to the north and west. There is a small, detached section of the parish on the northwest coast. The population as of the last census was 8,592 inhabitants.
The port of St. Sampson, on the east coast, is used by commercial shipping. Its harbour offers moorings for all types of sea-faring vessels and is also the location of Guernsey’s second largest shopping area. The roadway called The Bridge across the end of the harbour recalls the bridge that formerly linked the two islands of Guernsey at high tide.
St Sampson, like the neighbouring Vale, provided much of the granite during the island's industrial heyday. Many of the quarries still remain in use by the Water Board for storage.
The parish is home to the island’s prison, Delancy Park, Oatlands Village (a tourist attraction built around restored brick kilns), the Guernsey studio of Channel Television and BBC Guernsey, numerous industrial premises, and fuel farm, The Track (sports ground), and St Sampson’s Secondary School.
The Guernésiais nickname for people from St. Sampson is 'roines' (frogs). The parish church of St Sampson claims to be the oldest of Guernsey’s parish churches, standing on the coast where Samson of Dol arrived from Brittany to convert islanders to Christianity.
St Sampson's Church
St Peter Port
St Pierre du Bois