"What is a Bailiwick?" Top 5 Page for this destination Guernsey by rexvaughan
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About all I knew about Guernsey was that there was a cow with that name. I had to search a bit to find any cows, but had a great time there. These islands are variously called "royal peculiars" and "royal charters." They are technically not part of the UK or the EU, but do proudly owe allegiance to the Crown. One place I read that they refer to the Queen as "our Duke of Normandy." This year marks the 800th year of this allegiance, dating from the loss of Normandy by King John in 1204 when they were separated from the Duchy of Normandy and became a possession of the English Crown. In their local museum there are 19 royal charters which confirm the islands' rights and liberties. As I understand it, the 10 parishes on Guernsey are each represented in the government the head of which is called the "Bailiff." So that is what a "bailiwick" is as far as I know. The islands have been inhabited for centuries however and there is even a statue at St. Michael's church which dates from about 2500 BC.
The flag of Guernsey combines the red cross of St. George, the patron saint of England, with the yellow cross of William the Conqueror superimposed on the St. George cross. While there seems to be no question of their loyalty to the British Crown, there is still some French flavor to be found. The airport is St. Pierre du Bois and you will find other French names and terms in common use.
Further evidence of the independence of the Channel Islands is that both Jersey and Guernsey have their own currency. Theoretically it is interchangeable with British currency, but I would not count on having it accepted in the UK. If you enlarge the photo, I think you can see that it is titled "The States of Guernsey." However on the seal are the words "S'BALLIVIE INSUVLE DEGERNERE'/E" which I think are French for "Bailiwick of Guernsey." They also strike their own coins and the inscription on them is "The Bailiwick of Guernsey." I got an explanation from a local, but didn't understand it at the time.
- Pros:Lovely landscapes, great museums, good food
- Cons:Not cheap to get there
- In a nutshell:An unknown gem
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