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Parish Abbreviations

St Peter Port (St PP) St Saviours (St Sv) St Sampsons (St S) Castel (C) Vale (V) St Andrews (St A) Torteval (T) St Peter in the Wood (St P) St Martins (St M) Forest (F)

An architectural feature of a few old Guernsey houses that will be of interest to Family Historians are datestones, sometimes referred to as Marriage Stones. They are by no means as common as in Jersey, Guernsey granite being that much harder to work.

The initials of husband and wife and a date were often carved on a piece of granite and used as a lintel above the front door. Sometimes the two names have between them a heart, which is where the description marriage stone comes from. These stones rarely commemorate a marriage however, but usually mark the inheritance, construction or alternation of a building. The couple concerned may have married many years before (see GS & EFL).
Left: ICH 1758. La Petite Câche, Landes du Marche (V) Jean Cohu.
More frequently than in Jersey there are many stones which only feature the name of the head of the household. The initials are often (but not always) based on syllables, so the name Cohu would be carved as CH, Lenfestey as LFT and Falla as FL. Initials of Christian Names utilised only the first letter - with the letter J often carved as an I, and H as a W. The husband's name is on the left of the stone. Sometimes the initials come from other areas in the building, a gate, beam or pump for instance. See the entries for Jean Ozanne (IOZ) .
Apart from private property, there are a few plaques around the Island marking Parish boundaries, road improvements and official buildings, which contain names. They appear in date order at Official Stones. Here is a link to the Société Guernsiaise site about Abreuvoirs - many of which have names inscribed on them.
This list comes from John McCormack's The Guernsey House (Pub. 1987 Phillimore & Co) and is used with permission. There are a few of my own and contributions from others on the Internet. If you need more information about this publication check Charles Picot's Books about the Channel Islands. If you need a look up visit John Fuller's Volunteers Page. Copyright © remains with John McCormack, unless indicated by an asterick (*).
The list is in alphabetical order by first letter on datestone. Anyone visiting this page who would like to e-mail details or photographs of their ancestor's datestones will receive due credit here.
Updates will appear at New Items and Updates. Items markedhave never been on the list before. Items marked have pictures or identifications added.
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