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St. Martin is the second highest parish in Guernsey, second only to Forest.

The parish church was consecrated in 1199. The gateway to that church is guarded by a female figure carved out of stone known as La Gran'mere du Chimquiere, translated to English, that means the grandmother of the century." This carving is more than 4,500 years old.

The statue has a large crack down the middle of its body. It is said that a church warden who disliked the idea of having a pagan statue in a Christian church smashed the statue. The parishioners cemented her back together, and she remained in the church. It is tradition to put flowers around the Gran'mere's neck for luck and fertility.

In the 1880s, the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir sat for hours painting the rocky scenery of Moulin Hue Bay. At the end of the summer, he had a total of fifteen paintings, most of which feature Moulin Hue Bay.

 

 

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