Timmer Limited

Material from the Timmer growing business from 1943-45 has been donated, including office and personal diaries, letters, and photographs, and is available to view at at the Library. For the activities of Gerrit Timmer during the Occupation see William Bell, Guernsey Occupied but never conquered, Exeter: Studio, 2002 . The same donor has also kindly presented us with a rent book from the early…

Jersey Colloque

The Library has a copy of the Colloques de Jersey , Vol. II. This was transcribed in 1891 by C J  Cox.  In English and Latin, the volume covers the years 1605-1614; the only other copy of these Colloque minutes is held in Cambridge. It is bound in with a transcription of a letter from Nicolas Bernius to the Bishop of Winchester, dated December 13th, 1575, concerning Elias Bonamy.

Osborne and Pipet photographs

Diane Osborne of York, Ontario, has deposited with us some photographs of the Osborne and Pipet families, including a photograph of Alfred Henry Pipet (1896-1918), of the RGLI. Three of these photographs, shown below, are yet to be identified: Thanks to Diane! Local historian David Kreckeler and Library staff wonder if it might be a Sunday School picnic here in Guernsey, perhaps the Vale…

Books and newspapers, 2013

The Library is very grateful to Mrs Hazel Greany for her donation of local books and newspapers, which have come down to her through her Guille family connections. Her gifts include an early guide book to Jersey, Charles II in the Channel Islands , Duncan's History of Guernsey , Jeremie's History , with a note from the author, and a wonderful bound volume of early Gazettes , some of which we have…

Donations 2014

William Howard of Inverurie has very kindly sent us a letter written in December 1800 by William-Pierre Le Cocq from his boarding school in Chesham, to add to our present collection of this young man's correspondence. As with all William's letters, it is fun and affecting to read. Mr Howard, who was born and brought up in Chesham, has also transcribed and annotated the letter. This letter,…

Major Marie Ozanne

The staff of the Library would like to thank Steven Spencer, Archivist & Deputy Director of the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, William Booth College, for supplying us copies of some of the letters Major Marie Ozanne wrote to the German Commandant of Guernsey during the Occupation. In these she offers to take the place of people arrested for resistance, for example, to be…

Pierre Mollet Fund

Pierre Mollet Junior lived at Les Landes, and was married to Elizabeth Mauger. His will of September 15th, 1882, of which we now have a beautifully printed copy, sets out his monetary legacies to private individuals, and specifies that ‘the sum of £3 per annum is to be paid during the first 12 years by his Executors and Trustees towards printing and distributing a book published in 1867,…

Hirzel Carey De Lisle, 1836-1911

This booklet, which has been very kindly donated to us by the author, Philip Walters, relates the history of the first vicar of Galleywood, the Reverend Hirzel Carey De Lisle. The author is a Londoner. He was able to indulge his love of history when in 1998 he and his wife moved from the busy metropolis to the village of Galleywood, south of Chelmsford, just at the time the Galleywood Historical…

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