A Priaulx Library first?

Christmas 2008 saw us feature a selection of letters and excerpts of seasonal interest from our collection. This electic mix included a couple of letters dated 1799 from the teenaged William Pierre Le Cocq, spending a miserable Christmas away from his Guernsey home at boarding school in Chesham Bois in Buckinghamshire. In the first letter to his parents, he makes the following observation: I must…

Local books donated

February 2010: The Librarians are very grateful indeed to Dorothy Crowshaw, of Willenhall, West Midlands, for he rkind donation of books of local Guernsey and Jersey interest, many of which are out of print, and which will be a very useful supplement to our existing stock. Do you have books, photographs, or documents with a Guernsey connection that you would like to be looked after and made…

Family surname files - new families added

These files contain copies of the all the research done by Priaulx Library staff over many years and can be consulted, or copied, on request. Over 600 individual surnames are listed, and each family has some sort of Guernsey connection or origin. Is your name on the list? You can see the list in our downloads section . New family names most recently added are: Adam, Audoire, Ayling, Bartlett,…

Ruth Ozanne's Occupation Diaries

William Parker, editor of Life in Occupied Guernsey: The diaries of Ruth Ozanne 1940-1945, recently published, has very kindly donated Ruth's original handwritten diaries to the Library. Ruth Ozanne was born in 1888 and died unmarried in 1970. She was the daughter of a Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Edward Chepmell Ozanne, and his wife Lady Frances. William Parker was brought up in Guernsey. Heis…

Survey of L'Ancresse Common

The Library is very grateful to have received a splendid large-format copy of the 1840 survey of the Common, by States Surveyor J. Goodwin, from the present L'Ancresse Commons Council. Originally copied in 1909, it includes a detailed map, owners of fields and information from the relevant Livre de Perchage. For the Goodwin family see Bramall, G., 'The architects and builders of Guernsey's…

Stuck in the Siberia of France: Charles De Havilland

These letters form the basis of two very interesting articles by André Métayer of the Société Philatélique de Rennes. Charles (1786-1844), Captain in the 20th Regiment of Foot, was captured by the French at Capri in late 1808, and was unfortunate not to be ransomed or swapped. He remained in that miserable limbo, 'the Siberia of France,' as he called it, that was the lot of an officer POW;…

Rainbow in the Library: a home for 'Guernsey's Own' window

The Priaulx Library's St Aubyn room, where we keep our art, social and ancient history and Guernsey French collections, has always been a sunny and peaceful place to settle down to reading or research. It is even more lovely now, however, as it is flooded with colour from a beautiful stained glass window that has been transferred here from its original home at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland. The window was commissioned in 1984 to commemorate the founding of 'Guernsey's Own' 201 Squadron RAF in 1914.

Gaudion genealogy collection

The Library was very grateful to receive a large collection of genealogical research into the Gaudion family, from Nick Gaudion of Guernsey. Much of the material concerns the Gaudions of Alderney, but also includes 58 numbers of the newsletter of the International Association of Gaudions, Parentèle , with translation,spanning 1986-1999, which have now been bound and can be read in the Library, a…

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