A Brief History Of Jersey

By: Chloe Ramsbottom

Jersey is positioned just off the coast of France, near Normandy, and is the largest of the group of islands acknowledged as the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands are a group of small islands in the channel between the UK and France and include Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and Sark, the first two being the major of these islands. Although Jersey is nearer to the French shoreline than the UK shoreline it is the job of the United Kingdom to protect it against any invasion attempts, however, with this said the island itself is not part of the United Kingdom or the European Union, instead it is part of the Common Travel Area which essentially means that it is a passport free region.

Jersey is a position that is immersed in history, dating back thousands of years with signs of early Iron Age influence, Bronze Age artefacts and even verification of Roman settlements have been revealed in recent years . In the 9th century Jersey was in danger by Viking attacks which lasted right into the 10th century and this is where Jersey got its name from. Over the years there have been regular arguments between Britain and France concerning the ownership of Jersey which has stemmed from, and featured such major names as William Longsword (The Duke of Normandy), William the Conqueror and King Harold of Hastings. It wasn’t just in past history that Jersey has been fought over, recent times have saw Jersey being under the control of Nazi Germany from July 1st 1940 until May 9th 1945 during which time they built fortifications, watch towers and war tunnels around the outskirts of the island.

However in, 1945 the island was liberated by British services after the German occupancy on the island surrendered. The 9th May is now celebrated as a National Holiday to remember the liberation from the Germans.

Jersey is a place of beautiful scenery with amazing surroundings. You can go back in time to those World War II days and take a walk in the War Tunnels at St. Lawrence, visit the rich heritage in the assortment of museums that are based across the island. Or if you prefer a golfing holiday you can venture down to Grouville and play at the Royal Jersey Golf Club.

One thing to bear in mind even though the currency of Jersey is pound sterling it is only legal tender on the island so spending the money in England, Wales or Scotland won’t be possible.

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Chloe is a committed writer writing about the history of the channel islands on behalf of Cheap Ferry Tickets

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