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Saint Ouen (French: Saint-Ouen, Jèrriais: St Ouën) is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey in the Channel Islands. It is in the north west of the island. It is reputed to be the most traditional of the parishes, being the farthest from Saint Helier and with much of the territory of the parish forming a peninsula. Its manor - the seat of the de Carteret family for over eight centuries - is the senior fief in the island, and the influence of that family has also been a factor in the parish's independent-minded approach to its affairs.
St Ouen, the Patron Saint of Normandy, founded a religious community on Jersey
before the Viking invasions. He is said to have seen a miraculous cross, which
told him to travel from Normandy to Jersey. The parish flag is a gold cross on a
blue background, as a reminder of a vision he had of a miraculous cross.
Jens Pattke, 9 May 2010