Guernsey’s Elizabeth College – A Short History
Jun23

Guernsey’s Elizabeth College – A Short History

It was in 1563 that Queen Elizabeth founded and endowed her “Grammar School” in Guernsey. That school has gone on to be a major part in Guernsey’s Education life.

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Asterix – Guernsey’s Own Roman Wreck
Jun02

Asterix – Guernsey’s Own Roman Wreck

On Christmas Day 1982 local Diver Richard Keen spotted the remains of a large wreck sticking out from the mud directly between the pierheads of St Peter Port harbour. It turned out to be the largest, most complete, seagoing Roman ship surviving outside the Mediterranean.

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Pouques & Other Guernsey Folklore
May12

Pouques & Other Guernsey Folklore

Legends and superstitions thrive in Guernsey and form a large part of its rich folklore heritage. Stories all of witchcraft and fairies, devils and ghosts have been passed through the generations from family to family

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Secrets of The Bayeux Tapestry : Hidden Meanings & Gestures
Apr18

Secrets of The Bayeux Tapestry : Hidden Meanings & Gestures

The Bayeux Tapestry is an historical artifact that never fails to impress depicting as it does such a pivotal moment in British and Channel Island history, that of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. But look closely and you will come across oddities that are hard to explain, mysterious characters, some named, some not, appear in the main body and borders. Add to that some of the cuirious rather theatrical gestures they appear to be making and there emerges a sense of mystery.

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Guernsey Ways – Vraicing
Apr14

Guernsey Ways – Vraicing

Few island customs, except perhaps the Clameur de Haro, which survive today can claim as ancient a history as that of ” vraicing.”

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Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?
Mar31

Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?

Given that Britain and France were at war almost permanently between 1792 and 1814, it does seem strange that Napoleon Bonaparte made no effort to occupy what were almost exclusively French-speaking islands just a few miles off the French coast.

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The Last Witchcraft Trial in Guernsey
Mar10

The Last Witchcraft Trial in Guernsey

As the 19th century gave way to the new 20th century few could appreciate how much of the old cosy world order was being swept away by industialisation, science and the increasing political enfrachisment of the masses. In Guernsey at this time there was to be one last gasp of the old superstition and occult, ‘The Last Witchcraft Trial in Guernsey’.

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Roman Jersey
Feb17

Roman Jersey

Unlike Guernsey the Roman presence in Jersey is not so clear cut. In this article we look at some of the new emerging evidence for Roman ‘occupation’ in Jersey or ‘Andium’ as it was probably know by the Romans.

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Alderney Invasion – The night 4 Alderney Militiamen Repelled 200+ Frenchmen
Jan27

Alderney Invasion – The night 4 Alderney Militiamen Repelled 200+ Frenchmen

4 Alderney Militiamen Vs 200+ Frenchmen : Conclusion = obvious – the French lost

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The Guernsey Quiz : How Well Do You Know the Bailiwick?
Jan06

The Guernsey Quiz : How Well Do You Know the Bailiwick?

Test your knowledge with these 20 questions we’ve gathered from Lukas Aleksandr’s excellent book “Guernsey Quiz Book : 1000 questions for the whole family”. We’ve assigned our own made up rating system, below, for your score … enjoy ! 🙂 Ratings 20 correct ………… Super Sarnian ! 15-19 correct ………… Splendid Sarnian 11-14 correct...

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The Guernsey Tapestry
Dec30

The Guernsey Tapestry

Visually appealing, technically excellent and educationally valuable, the Guernsey Tapestry and its’ accompanying texts teaches not only our Islands history but also art, craft, and design, whilst illustrating the value of community spirit, dedication and planning.

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Recipes of Bygone Days – Stewed Ormers; Pickled Ormers & Dressed Ormers
Dec09

Recipes of Bygone Days – Stewed Ormers; Pickled Ormers & Dressed Ormers

Ormers are ‘quintessentially Guensey’ and have been eaten by the natives of these islands for centuries. Naturally enough therefore there are many ways to prepare and eat them. In this article we’ve resurrected a few of the more ancient recipes from bygone days.

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How to make a living ‘Guernsey Style’ – The Age of Guernsey Privateering
Nov18

How to make a living ‘Guernsey Style’ – The Age of Guernsey Privateering

For nearly 150 years making a living, quite a good living actually, in Guernsey took a pecular turn. It was possible to become very rich via the dubiously ‘legal’ practices of Privateering and the less than legal smuggling trade.

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The Day King John Commited Murder and the Channel Islands lost a potential Duke
Oct28

The Day King John Commited Murder and the Channel Islands lost a potential Duke

History can often turn on the actions of a single individual. April the 3rd 1203 was such a day when King John committed murder. If he hadn’t committed this heinous crime then the whole history of Guernsey and the Channels Island could have been radically different.

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1066 and all that … the day the Channel Islands became part of England
Oct14

1066 and all that … the day the Channel Islands became part of England

On Sunday the 14th October 1066 ‘William the Bastard’, Duke of Normandy (andthe Channel Islands), invaded and defeated the Anglo Saxon king of England, so that henceforth the Bastard was to be forever known as William the Conqueror. In this article we look how at how he won at Hastings.

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