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I was born and educated in Guernsey and want to give visitors an insight into the island its history ,folklore, through a number of pages and links to other sites, our history can be traced back to prehistoric times, but first an overview below.
Guernsey is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel ,it also includes Alderney, Sark ,Herm, Jethou ,Brechou and other islets within its vincinity. Though defence of the islands belongs to UK, Guernsey is self governing and has its own rules and laws which are separate from the UK, the other main Island is Jersey and together this grouping is known as the Channel Islands
Guernsey is divided into 10 parishes ,at one time in its history these had their own boundaries and own laws, so for example if a person committed a crime in one parish he go over to another parish and be safe such was the way of things at that time. Nowadays the island is one entity but the names and boundaries still exist. Here is the names of those parishes.
St Andrew ,St Martins , St Sampsons, Vale, Torteval , St Peter Port , St Peters ,Forest ,St Saviours ,Castel.
Another unique thing in Guernsey is road names and properties throughout the island are in French, examples include Les Banques ,Grande Rue ,Rue des Marais ,Rouge Rue, to name a few. And now for overview of history.
Geographically, Guernsey is much closer to France than to England, lying only 30 miles from the Normandy coast as against 60 miles from Weymouth. However, when islanders talk about "the mainland", they mean the United Kingdom, to which they are bound by centuries-old ties of sentiment, economics and politics. How has this allegiance to Britain rather than to France, the island's closest powerful neighbour, come about?
To answer that question, we have to go back to 933 AD when the Channel Islands became part of the Norman realms following the treaty of St. Clair-sur-Epte. Later in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy landed his conquering army in Sussex and became William the Ist of England. His Duchy of Normandy included the Channel Islands - Les Iles Normandes - and these became part of the combined realm of England and Normandy. 138 years later, King John lost most of the Duchy of Normandy, but Guernsey and the other Channel Islands remained loyal to the English Crown.
From that time, the Islands became a focal point for the strife that was to exist between England and France. The French made many raids on the Islands and at times established temporary footholds, only to be driven off by the sturdy islanders, supported by the forces of the English monarch. The frequency of these raids led to the building of fortresses around the coast, the remains of some of which can still be seen as reminders of Guernsey's stormy history. During this time the Island developed its own independent legal system and parliamentary institutions, and today it is to a large extent a self-governing territory, although all local legislation has to have Royal assent.
The Occupation was a time of irksome restrictions and censorship, isolation and growing shortages. After the Normandy landings in 1944, when the Islands were cut off from the French mainland, civilians and troops alike came close to starvation. With the Liberation in May 1945, the Islanders set about ridding themselves of every reminder of those bitter years. Today, however, relics of the Occupation, such as the Corbiere Tower on the south coast, and the underground hospital in St Andrews are open to visitors. Guernsey people are proud of the fact that their loyalty to the English Crown has been by choice and not by conquest. Indeed, as islanders sometimes point out with tongue in cheek, it was their Duke that conquered England in 1066.


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