Bygone Guernsey and its Coins

Bill Exley

A view in St. Peter Port c late 1800's perhaps early 1900's looking up Market Steps to the Market Square / Place. Note the elegant Victorian attire of the crowd, most would be chatting in the local Guernsey Patois or even pure French. To the left of Market Square are the Market Halls or States Arcade, built in 1822 with huge lofty seperate areas. They sold Flowers, (I can still remember the fragrances), Fruit and Vegatables, Meats then the Fish Market, this area exits out into Fountain St. then Bordage and Mill St. On the right of Market Squars are the French Halles with the Assembly Rooms above, later to become the home of the Guilles-Alles Library. I think now (16/02/2018) it has all been changed into mini commercial units catering for locals and the many Island Visitors. In this scene of Guernsey life, notice on the right the Horse drawn Char-a-Bancs (Char-a-Bang). used to take people home. I can still remember that way back in the the late 1940's and early 1950's, there would be lines of six to ten, waiting at the White Rock berth to transfer passengers from Mailboats. These were the Isle of Guernsey, St. Julian, Isle of Jersey, The Sarnia and St. Patrick. Later we now have a 'Chara-a-Bang' as an excursion..


Here follows a Montage of Bygone Guernsey from views saved for 65 years, also a Link below to my Book 'Guernsey Coinage' in 1968 , a First on this subject  



A similar view to my Title header but titled Market Place. From an early Moss Print  


Following this montage of Bygone Guernsey is my publication of 'Guernsey Coinage' in 1968 - 50 Years Anniversary =. Also a Sunday Times Review 16/12/68 = See link below.

Guernsey Coinage

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