Jersey (Channel Islands) is a small island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Nowadays, one can see traces of those first dwellers almost anywhere. One of the things I loved doing the most during my time there was to put on my walking boots, grab a map and explore the island in search of ancient monuments. Let me share my discoveries with you.
It’s slap bang in the middle of a small park outside the Anglican Church of St. Andrew’s in First Tower (on the road to St. Aubin). I thought it was a garden feature of some sort. Only when I got closer did I realize it was a Neolithic passage grave, and possibly older then the Pyramids!
The Neolithic passage grave of Mont Ubè can be tricky to locate as it’s hidden in trees on a small promontory on Rue de la Blinerie, off the A5 near Samarés Manor. It took me two attempts to find it. I’m glad I persevered.
Les Monts Grantez
My hubby and I came across this passage grave almost by chance when we attended a Summer Solstice Concert over St. Ouen’s Bay. We parked the car and crossed a field towards the picnic site on a cliff. There was a bunch of rocks which, on closer inspection, turned out to be a dolmen!
La Hougue Bie
La Houge Bie is a most unusual tribute to the history of humankind. It consists of a Neolithic passage grave under a mound, topped by not one but two chapels (circa 1520 and 1780s) and a German command bunker (the Channel Islands were the only British territory occupied by Nazi Germany during WWII). It is mind boggling! And on a clear day the coast of Normandy can be seen from the top.
Menhir and Burial Chamber at Les Quennevais
These two monuments are located on the southern edge of Les Blanches Banques sand dunes over St. Ouen’s Bay. It’s such a peaceful place. It’s easy to imagine what the ancients were thinking when they chose it as a final resting place.