6th June 1983

Jethou was put on the market

The Times reported that the 24-year lease of Jethou was for sale, on this day in 1983. It had been put on the market by Lady Hayward, whose husband, Sir Charles, had died earlier in the year. He had been 90, and left behind his wife and a son.

The 50-acre property, whose sale was being handled by Strutt and Parker, included a four-bedroom house and was available for offers over £500,000.

The Guardian described it as “a complete tax haven not even liable to Guernsey taxation” and “the third private Channel Island to come on the market in the last two months. The others are Brecqhou and Lihou“.

A good investment

Sir Charles Hayward had been the 44-acre (18 hectare) island’s tenant since 1971. When he had bought the rights to the island, he simultaneously acquired everything on it. He and his wife, whose successful bid was £91,000, moved there two years later. It proved to have been a very astute investment, appreciating in value more than five-fold in just 12 years.

However, some of this may be ascribed to the work that the Haywards had done during their time as tenants. The Times article that announced the sale also detailed that “the Haywards, who bought the lease in 1971, carried out extensive improvement to the early nineteenth century house”.

Sir Charles and Lady Hayward’s arrival brought to an end the usual practice of welcoming visitors in a similar manner to Herm. It has never been opened on a general basis since then. Neither is there any requirement for it to be so. The lease of Herm, on the other hand, includes a specific clause that it remain open to the public, as it is considered a key component of Guernsey’s tourist industry.

Lady Hayward’s remaining lease was eventually bought in February 1984. The new tenant, at the time, chose to remain anonymous.


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Other events that occured in June

Cricketer Charles Grieve died in Shropshire 1st
St Johns undertook its first Guernsey rescue 2nd
Bailiff John Guille died in Plymouth 3rd
GUNS writer Joseph John Gillingham was deported 4th
First arrests were made at Guernsey Airport 5th
Jethou was put on the market 6th
The king and queen celebrated Guernsey’s liberation 7th
Occupying forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 8th
Guernsey Railway company ceased operations 9th
Guernsey welcomed its first steam ship 10th
Laura Kennington kicks off Channel Islands triathlon 11th
Dame Sibyl became a dame again 12th
Guernsey voted to legalise local abortions 13th
Victor Hugo’s house is opened to the public 14th
The Channel Islands were demilitarised 15th
Guernsey was invaded by Colorado beetles 16th
States Telephone Department was established 17th
Pollet guest house fire claimed its third victim 18th
Aurigny founder Derrick Bailey died 19th
Guernsey joined the Football Association 20th
Guernsey’s school children were evacuated 21st
Guernsey celebrated Queen Victoria’s jubilee 22nd
Princess Elizabeth opened Guernsey’s hospital 23rd
Guernsey chose England over France 24th
First meeting of Guernsey’s Controlling Committee 25th
Guernsey bought Fort Grey from the War Office 26th
Guernsey coffee trader William Le Lacheur died 27th
G-JOEY completes his last flight 28th
Guernsey suffered its first and only air raid
The Star was published for the first time 29th
Two deserters were shot after landing on Guernsey 30th