Trade: 1827

Imports and Exports from Guernsey in 1827. From The Star, January 1, 1828. The Harbour records were destroyed in a German raid in 1940.

The following articles were exported from Guernsey, from the 1st January 1827 to the 30th November, 1827¹:

17 Bullocks, 91 Cows, 190 Heifers, 32 Calves, 507 Pigs, 87 Horses, 45,111 Bushels of Potatoes, 454½ Pipes of Cider, 1,507 Bushels of Apples, 125 Ditto of Pears, 340 Barrels of Cement, 1,240 Tonnes of Paving Stones, 9,475 Tons of Granite for Roads, 63,782 Bricks.

There have been imported into Guernsey, from the 1st January 1827 to the 30th November:

1,598 Bullocks, 94 Calves, 4621 Sheep and Lambs, 310 Pigs, 111 Horses, 4,299 Heads of Poultry, 15,910 lbs. of Dead ditto, 31,982 Dozen of Eggs, 77,803 lbs. of Butter, 21,340 lbs. of Beef, 19,789 Quarters of Wheat, 2,435 do. Oats, 6,985 Do. Barley, 1,250 do. Beans, 349 do. Pease, 10,050 lbs. Tea, from England (We have 82,000 lbs. allowed annually by Government, free of duty, for the consumption of this island) 6,319 Chaldrons/179 Tons of Coal.


Produce of Impôt of 1s. per gallon, on spirits consumed in the island, for the year ending in September 1827: £6341, 16s., 6d.

Produce of Inkeeper's licences in 1827: £1,043, 13s., 4d.

Harbour and duty on goods in 1827: £1,147, 5s.

Appendix IX to Quayle's General View of the Agriculture and Present State of the Islands on the coast of Normandy, London, 1815:

The quantity of Paving-stones exported for the last Three Years to the United Kindom, for paving Dock-yards and Streets.

In Tons.


Total: 13, 506.

The Quantity of Grain, &c., imported for the above period:

1810: Biscuit: 1, 380 cwt.; Corn, 6,856 quarters; pease and oatmeal, 201 casks.

1811: Biscuit, 1, 380 cwt.; Corn, 13, 956 quarters; pease and oatmeal, 178 casks; flour and meal, 2,469 sacks.

1812: Biscuit, 2, 659 cwt.; Corn, 11,910 quarters; pease and oatmeal, 130 sacks.

Cows and calves exported: 1810, 67 Cows; 1811, 66 Cows, 3 Calves; 1812, 101 Cows: Total 234 Cows, 3 Calves.


¹ The Appendices to G. Stevens Cox's St Peter Port 1680-1830: The history of an international entrepôt, Boydell Press, 1999, list other similar data from earlier periods. Basic import and export summaries from the 19th century can be found in the yearly Almanacs kept at the Library, and reported in the newspapers, especially the Star; for 1832/33, for example, see the Star of November 31, 1833; and L'Indépendance, October 1822. The amounts of corn imported and exported to Guernsey and Jersey formed a bone of contention between the British government and the islands in 1835.

In a letter dated May 24th, 1825, Anne Routh tells Henry Routh that she cannot send their mother a jar of butter she promised; 'none may now be sent without the person who makes it taking an Oath it is the produce of the island and our country people will not take the trouble of going to Court for that purpose'.

On September 20th, 1824, she had told him:

The Guernsey lilies went last Saturday by the steam boat; had it not been for James de Saumarez they would not have gone; the Steam boat takes no boxes but such as belong to passengers and James found one good-natured person to take charge of them, having previously obtained a certificate from the Court without which they are not admitted into England. I wish next to send our Mother a jar of butter, but it is attended with so much difficulty that I hardly know how to set about it. I must go to the Court to swear that the whole, including the jar, is the produce of the Island and I very much dislike taking oaths. [Dobrée-Mann letters, in the Library.]