Fort Grey Reviews
The Cup and Saucer Nov 12, 2010
The "cup and saucer" is a famous landmark on the south-western corner of Guernsey.
Fort Grey now stands on the site of an earlier small castle known as the Chateau de Rocquaine. It is not known exactly when the castle was built although it is known that stood there by 1617 when "Collette du Mond confessed that she attended a witches' Sabbath near 'Le Chasteau du Rocquaine'".
In 1803 Sir John Doyle, Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey began the task of strengthening the island defences against Napoleon. He had the old castle pulled down and a battery built in its place.
When visiting today, it is impossible not to be struck by the beauty of Fort Grey. As you walk across the causeway and up to the flight of granite steps you are met with not only a magnificent view, but also a huge eighteenth-century anchor recovered from St Peter Port Harbour.
Inside is a similar story. Gaps where cannons used to point provide you with beautiful glimpses of the coast. There is however one cannon still remaining from HMS Boreas, which points towards the Hanois reef where she sank in 1807.
The museum itself lies within the white tower and is a stunning piece of craftsmanship, filled to the brim with historical information on the many wrecks of Guernsey's west coast.
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