3rd February 1983

Death of Sir Charles Hayward

Sir Charles Hayward was the tenant of Jethou. He died at his island home, aged 90, in February 1983.

Hayward had acquired the lease of the island at an auction in December 1971. He paid £91,000 for the land, its four-bedroom home and everything in it, which today would equate to around £900,000.

He and his wife, Lady Elsie, moved to Jethou in 1973 after carrying out significant refurbishment works.

There is no requirement for Jethou’s tenants to keep the island open to the general public as there is on Herm. Jethou therefore became a private home throughout Charles and Elsie’s residency.

Business magnate

Wolverhampton-born Hayward, who built up Firth Cleveland Group, first found success making sidecars for motorbikes. He quickly became the biggest largest sidecar producer in the world, which was perhaps unsurprising. Hayward’s father had himself been a manufacturer of bicycles. Two-wheeled transport would therefore appear to have been in the family DNA.

He moved to London and became a stockbroker, where he founded various trusts and companies. He also set up two dozen factories around the world handling everything from rubber to furniture.

In 1961, he established the charitable Hayward Foundation and for a time he was the vice president of the Wildfowl Trust.


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Other events that occured in February

Mail ship wrecked on Black Rock 1st
Oil rig stranded at Grandes Rocques
Birth of Generaloberst Friedrich Dollmann 2nd
Death of Sir Charles Hayward 3rd
St Martin’s parish church consecrated 4th
Guernsey suffers its worst storm in 35 years 5th
Guernsey watchmaker helps Stone of Scone manhunt 6th
Guernsey Language Commission formed 7th
Queen Mary executed while wearing Guernsey stockings 8th
Guernsey gets its first postbox
Guernsey Society celebrates its 70th anniversary 9th
Guernsey’s last execution didn’t go according to plan 10th
The last issue of GUNS was distributed 11th
Alderney gets its first full-time radio station 12th
Guernsey’s last duel 13th
Specsavers’ Mary Perkins was born 14th
Blue Islands takes to the skies
Guernsey gets its own flag 15th
Birth of concrete poet Dom Sylvester Houedard 16th
HMS Guernsey launched in Aberdeen 17th
Guernsey’s first Methodist minister arrives 18th
Aurigny Air Services founded 19th
Guernsey Railway Company runs its first services 20th
The Channel Islands were cut off from the outside world 21st
St Sampson was ordained a bishop 22nd
Death of Thomas Fiott de Havilland 23rd
Murder inquiry ends with suicide 24th
Death of occupation resister Marie Ozanne 25th
Guernsey’s first banker dies 26th
Release of Reverend Harry Samuel 27th
Plans for St Sampson power station approved 28th
Second World War bomb detonated 29th