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Souvenirs from Jersey

Souvenirs from Jersey, a tiny island off the Northern French Coast, are a celebration of homespun ideals and fine craftsmanship. Items made from local produce are always quite popular, such as Jersey cider, apple butter, Jersey Black Butter, apple brandy, wine and handmade chocolates. Purple fields of lavender are a common sight, and these fragrant flowers are turned into bath and body products, candles, sachets, and even edibles, like lavender sugar and salt, and baked goods. Contemporary artisans make beautiful handicrafts for sale in the local galleries, such as ceramic sculptures, jewelry and pottery vases. If you wish for Jersey souvenirs to decorate your walls, painted landscapes, abstract art and framed photographs are just a few of the possibilities. Items printed with farm images are easily found on the island, including postcards, key chains and refrigerator magnets, but you will also see calendars, bookmarks and water globes in that same theme from the Bailiwick of Jersey

Jersey History

The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel, part of a larger group of Channel Islands. Technically not a part of the United Kingdom, they are still under British protection in times of trouble. Jersey maintains its own identity when dealing with the international community, as befits its history. Settled in the Bronze Age, the island came under control of the Duke of Brittany during Viking invasions, but were soon overtaken by the invaders and eventually given to Duchy of Normandy in 933. The rise of William the Conqueror in England, 1066, led to all of the Normandy territories being governed under one ruler. In 1204, King John lost the mainland Normandy territories to a French king, but kept possession of Jersey. Since this time, the island has been self-governing. During World War II, it was used as a German fortification against the Allied forces.

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