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    Channel Island beaches under threat

    Drastic action had to be taken when an oil slick several miles long threatened the Channel Islands' beaches. Soldiers staged a mutiny at Guernsey's Fort George, and, in Jersey, the body of a missing banker was found at t he back of a cave. Two murder cases came to the courts, each with a sensational outcome, and a coup leader was released from Elizabeth Castle when his wife successfully won him his freedom.

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    Channel Islands cut off from the outside world

    The Channel Islands are cut off from the outside world when the cable connecting them to the mainland snaps, Aurigny is founded, and the Guernsey Railway runs its last services. Meanwhile, Charles II is declared king in St Helier while still on the run from England, and Jersey's courts were criticised by the Home Office for leaving a man in limbo. St Sampson, Guernsey's patron saint, was ordained a bishop, and the recently deceased Lillie Langtry was brought back to Jersey to lie in her parents' tomb.

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    Monarch beheaded in Channel Islands knitwear

    The Channel Islands lead the way, as the first post boxes in the British Isles are erected in the Bailiwicks, and Mary Queen of Scots climbs the steps to her execution at Fotheringay castle wearing stockings knitted in Guernsey. A boat load of Jersey fishermen have a nasty surprise when they discover a coffin, complete with its corpse, floating in the ocean, and the Channel Islands are hit by the most severe storm they’ve experienced in 35 years, causing damage to buildings and ripping up trees. A Guernsey watchmaker travels to London to help police with their inquiries into the theft of the Stone of Scone, and Jersey has its wrists slapped by the Home Office when it refuses to take part in a survey that being conducted throughout the Empire.

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    Royal jewel theft police target Channel Islands

    Scotland Yard detectives flew to the Channel Islands to investigate the theft of valuable royal jewels, Guernsey police appointed its first chief (and moved to new premises), and a Jersey pioneer of self-powered flight flew off into the afterlife. We also look back at the life of Gerald Durrell who established the zoo in Jersey and used it as a base for his ongoing conservation work, France launched the Battle of Jersey, and two American prisoners of war escaped the Channel Islands at the tail end of the occupation.

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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