Taking in the sights, sounds and heritage of the St. Saviour’s Church and northern town areas, this guided walk will give you an insight into the world of one of Jersey’s most famous historical figures, Lillie Langtry.
This guided walk is part of Jersey’s Hidden Treasures Festival, showcasing the island’s culture, history and unique heritage. With local guide Arthur Lamy, you’ll take in a three mile route that begins at St. Saviour’s Church and finishes at Bath Street in St. Helier.
Along the way you’ll learn about the early Jersey years that formed the life of the ‘Jersey Lily’. Born in 1853, Lillie Langtry was christened Emilie Charlotte Le Breton and was the only daughter of the Dean of Jersey, Rev. William Corbet Le Breton. She married at 20 and had her wedding reception in the Royal Yacht Hotel on Jersey’s Waterfront. Leaving the island soon after, she became a renowned music hall singer and actress, known as the ‘Prince’s Mistress’ due to her well-publicised affair with the Prince of Wales, who would later become King Edward VII.
Lillie Langtry’s life took a varied and diverse path, with thoroughbred racing, theatre management and winery ownership all playing their part. She was noted for her links with society figures, including a close friendship with Oscar Wilde.
Lillie Langtry became an American citizen in 1897 and passed away in Monaco in 1929. She is buried in the cemetery at St. Saviour’s Church, where this guided walk will begin.