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St. Peter's Port, Guernsey

St. Peter's Port, Guernsey

Artist: Grosselin

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1740

Shelfmark: Ktop LV

Item number: 63.b

Length: 32

Width: 67

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of St Peter Port on Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. For many years St Peter Port was an international port, handling large quantities of alcohol and tobacco, and it was this trade that led to the growth of the town. Merchants traded between France and England as well as across the Atlantic to North America and the Caribbean. The port dates from the 12th century when the construction of a harbour was ordered by King Edward I in 1275. The town was originally walled with five gates and was built in a largely Norman gothic style. The town of St Peter Port takes its name from the parish church.

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