Most of our last names (surnames) are French ...and my Grandparent's spoke a Guernsey French dialect as well as English ...unfortunately Guernsey French is not widely spoken ..I myself can't speak it
This is a photo of the cobbled stone streets of the High Street (Main Street) of the Capital St. Peter Port
St Apolline's Chapel was the first designated ancient historic monument on Guernsey.
Dating from 1392, the small chapel was built by Nicholas Henry near his manor of La Perelle and dedicated to St Apolline (the patron saint of dentists).
Originally the chapel was painted and a substantial portion of the 14th century work, depicting the Last Supper, has survived on the south wall.
It was restored in 1972 - 78 and is now open to the public every day.
St Apolline's in a good place to visit, but also a place to stop and pray
In 1020 a small rectangular Chapel was built on the site of the now Town Church
In 1466 the Town Church was completed in it's present form including the spire and South transept
Martello towers, sometimes known simply as Martellos, are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of theFrench Revolutionary Wars onwards.
They stand up to 40 feet (12m) high (with two floors) and typically had a garrison of one officer and 15–25 men. Their round structure and thick walls of solid masonry made them resistant to cannon fire, while their height made them an ideal platform for a single heavy artillery piece, mounted on the flat roof and able to traverse, and hence fire over, a complete 360° circle. A few towers had moats or other batteries and works attached for extra defence.
The Martello towers were used during the first half of the 19th century, but became obsolete with the introduction of powerful rifled artillery. Many have survived to the present day, often preserved as historic monuments.
Beautiful cliffs and beaches of Guernsey ..still unspoilt ...so lovely
A work of art and a labour of love, the Little Chapel is possibly the smallest chapel in the world. It was built by Brother Déodat who started work in March 1914. His plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. Guardianship of the Little Chapel now rests with Blanchelande Girls College which is run by a Charitable Trust. The Little Chapel is beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china and the College has an ongoing programme of repairs and improvements.
It remains unclear when, why, and by whom the earliest dolmens were made.
I have so much to tell you about my little Island home and will tell you more in future posts
I hope you enjoyed some of the brief history of this unique Island ...that I call 'HOME"
Happy Days to you all
Thanks for Popping by