Every country has it’s own national symbols. The Channel Islands are no different and there’s a surprising array of animals ascribed to each island and their people.
Guernsey today is an independent crown dependency. How did this state of affairs, common to all the Channel Islands, come about ?
The Bayeux Tapestry is a fascinating historical artifact. It depicts such a pivotal moment in British and Channel Island history, that of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. It’s a beautiful artifact that’s nearly 1,000 years old!
In 1883, the famous French impressionist painter spent the summer in Guernsey, creating 15 paintings in little over a month. Most of these feature Moulin Huet bay. These paintings were the subject of a set of commemorative postage stamps, issued by the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 1983.
Many of the flags recall links to the The Duchy of Normandy. The Duchy stems from the Viking invasions of France in the 8th century. It was created by the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte in 911 out of concessions made by King Charles, and granted to Rollo.
Victor Hugo left France in 1851 for an exile that would last 19 years. After a short period in Jersey he came to Guernsey and was instantly captivated by the island. During 15 years on the island he wrote some of his most famous works.