The Channel Islands
W. H. Allen & Company, 1865 - Channel Islands - 594 pages
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Page 65 - which is inhabited by nothing else, whither we commonly go a ferreting, and have thence such abundance, that it has been confidently told me some families here have made £15 or £20 a year only of their skins. If all this rich fare will not content you, we have a most excellent pottage made of milk,
Page 52 - caverns, and also the entries to one of those curious funnelshaped openings called creux, of which the Pot in Little Sark, and several others round the coast, are less perfect examples. The " Creux du Derrible," as this is called, is a large, natural shaft or chimney, communicating below with the sea, and opening
Page 13 - forts. Of these bays there are three; the westernmost, Clonque Bay, is between the Clonque and Fort Torgee. It is very rocky, and not deeply indented; nor is the land very approachable from it. The next is the Plat Saline, extending to Fort Doyle, between which and Grosncz is a small bay, called Crabbie. There
Page 40 - These have been planted with great taste and perfect success, and will be again alluded to in the chapter on horticulture. The churches of the island are not unpicturesque at a distance, although almost all have lost the stone tracery of the windows, and have been greatly neglected. Most of them have low spires; but St. Saviour's and St.
Page 55 - made out; and they rather resemble a few large islands than a group of rocks entirely detached at high water.* The Creux harbour is one of the most curious of the Sark wonders. It is very small, and sheltered with a little breakwater, leaving an entry only just wide enough for a small boat.
Page 56 - called, and past the entrance to the Boutiques, we come to a confused pile of rocks, extending to a pretty bay (Seignie Bay), whence are seen the detached islets called the Autelets, one of the most picturesque groups of rocky masses around Sark. A footpath has been constructed down the face of the cliff,
Page 53 - the bright, sharply-defined rocks of the Point du Derrible visible through one of the entrances, and a part of Jersey through the other ; a little overhanging vegetation at the top, and the rolled pebbles of the floor: these form together a scene rarely approached in majesty and picturesque beauty. Beyond the entrances to the
Page 24 - Port from the sea, arc Castle Cornet and the new harbour works. The former will be referred to presently. A portion of the latter, consisting of a magnificent sea wall, now connects and passes beyond the rock on which the castle stands, commencing at the southern extremity of the town; so that the castle
Page 13 - less than six forts and batteries have been constructed, the total length of coast-line being only about two miles ; but it still remains weak, should an attack be made with mail-clad ships able to silence the batteries. There would be no difficulty in constructing a deep and wide canal, detaching this weak part of
Page 53 - rock varies. At the furthest extremity from the sea is a vein of rich, reddish brown, clayey material; but around, and on the floor, are several kinds of granite, and much hard stratified schistose rock is seen. The variety of colour, arising partly from the different weathering of the rock, and partly from lichens, is very