A quake shakes the Channel Islands

The history of Jersey and Guernsey for the week beginning 16 December, including:

  • An earthquake strikes the Channel Islands, damaging roofs and chimneys. It’s strong enough to be felt on the mainland
  • A real-life Robinson Crusoe starves to death after being shipwrecked off Herm
  • The Channel Islands are cut off from the outside world when the telegraph cables connecting them to the mainland snap
  • Guernsey’s Castle Cornet surrenders to the people of Guernsey after a siege lasting nine years
  • A Jersey carpenter dies after being shot in the buttocks
  • …and more.
The Channel Islands this week
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Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney: little islands with big stories to tell. They’ve seen earthquakes and witchcraft trials, been caught up in the English civil war, faced invasion from France, and welcomed the Beatles and Rolling Stones on tour. From the construction of Corbiere Lighthouse and Victor Hugo’s flight to Guernsey, to the day a UFO appeared above Alderney, all of these stories and more feature in the Channel Islands’ remarkable history. Subscribe today.

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