Jersey to get an additional one-off public holiday in 2021


A one-off additional bank holiday has been announced to mark 250 years since the Corn Riots.

In 1769, hundreds of islanders stormed Jersey’s Royal Court to protest against landowners exporting wheat from Jersey, a food shortage, the rising cost of crops and an unfair taxation system.

The event paved the way for major political reforms on the island. The Royal Court was stripped of its legislative powers, meaning that from 1771, only the States Assembly could create laws.

It comes after the States voted to approve a proposal by Deputy Montford Tadier by 25 votes to 17.

Deputy Tadier’s proposition included adding the Riots to the school curriculum, as well as designating annual open days of the Royal Court and States Assembly building on or around the anniversary.