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Guernsey, Channel Islands

Guernsey is where I lived for over 40 years. Like many Guernsey residents, I am a visitor who decided to stay on. I have moved now to Hampshire in the UK so I may have to make some substantial revisions to my homepage.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey consists of the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou and a number of smaller uninhabited islets. The year 2004 is the 800th anniversary of our becoming an independant political entity.

If you wish to know more about Guernsey then www.thisisguernsey.com is a good place to start, see also www.cwgsy.net.

Recent history

There are remnants like this scattered all around the coastline of Guernsey. Many of the German fortifications were destroyed immediately after the occupation but some of those that remained have been restored in recent decades. This is one little piece that has been overlooked by both demolishers and restorers.

For those who don't know, the Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to be overrun by the Nazis during WW2.

Parish Churches

All the old parish churches are still in use; the picture shows the oldest dating, mostly, from 13th century but bits of earlier buildings are incorporated. There are two older chapels dating to Norman times and there are some well preserved neolithic buildings believed to have religious significance. The most recently built parish church was erected at Torteval in 1818.

A useful online history source covering from neolithic period up to now is www.islandlife.org/history_gsy.htm

Ancient remains

I took this pic from inside a neolithic edifice called La Varde (I don't know why). There is evidence of use for burial and other purposes starting in 3500BC and ending in 2000BC. It was rediscovered in the 18th century. The principal capstone is said to weigh over 10 tons. There are other such remains but none so old.

More recent places of pilgrimage

Guernsey isn't all old buildings and ancient history. In spite of increasingly draconian planning regulations there has been considerable development and redevelopment since WW2.

This is part of a recent redevelopment of a formerly rather ugly area. The building on the left is a car park and that on the right an office block occupied by two banks.
The finance industry is now the main income earner on the island.

Weather

As you might expect from its location, our island weather is changeable. This photo was taken within a few days of the others above. Our climate, however, does seem to be changing to a dryer, hotter summer but, as yet, winters are still short and mild.

Other Islands

I took this picture because of the Tall Ship but it also shows (from left to right) the islands of Herm, Jethou and - on the horizon -Sark.

Until December 2005, I would have described Sark, just 9 miles east of Guernsey, as the last bastion of the fuedal system in Europe. But, on 06 December 2005, the Seigneur of Sark announced that a new constitution would be introduced by the end of 2006 which, among other things, would allow for universal suffrage. More recent constitutional changes have resulted in a more democratic system. Thus ends a millenium of living history.

Tourism

Large numbers of people used to visit Guernsey for the many safe, sandy beaches but I think they seek that elswhere now with the expansion of cheap air travel. Our visitors now are more mature and looking for something different from that offered in the mass tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.

Tourism used to be a very important income earner but has long been overtaken by financial services.

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  • CEP1863's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Wishing you a very happy birthday

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

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    Dec 14, 2009 at 6:15 AM

    happy and free in your great birthday wishing you that... get strong and harmony of your days, get smart and smooth of your work. and healthy and wealthy in this year and more.., peace and enjoy in your family. from Burma.., Know where Burma is??

  • lcvanriet's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2009 at 6:05 AM

    In July 2006 I was in Guernsey during 1 week. It's a beautiful island with a nice climate, but the sea was cold. The people are very friendly. Ciao Linda from Rotterdam NL.

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 8:54 AM

    I have visited Jersey but never Guernsey, I must give it a try

  • al_mary's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2005 at 12:32 PM

    Thanks for stopping by our homepage. We have bookmarked yours to check out, because it looks like an interesting place to visit.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2005 at 1:43 PM

    Must be nice to live on this pretty island!

  • beret's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2005 at 1:36 PM

    Thanks for stopping by with the info on the gorse. All I know is that it like to reach out and grab you!

  • Sileas's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2004 at 4:21 AM

    I would like to read more about Guernsey on your travel pages... Greetings from Bonn

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2004 at 6:35 AM

    Very enticing.

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