St André de la Pommeraye

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St André de la Pommeraye from an old postcard

The church of St André de la Pommeraye (St Andrews of the Apple Orchard) is the parish church of St Andrews, Guernsey.

The church stands on the western slope of a small tributary of the Talbot Valley. On the other side of the road is a spring La Fontaine de St Clair, the waters of which were said to have curative powers, particularly of ailments of the skin.

The church is one of the smallest in Guernsey and originally consisted of a nave and chancel only. There is little doubt that the walls of these date from the 12th century but, French slate now replaces the early wooden roof and the stone vaulting was added in the early part of the 13th century.

The north aisle and tower are 15th century additions, which more than doubled the size of the original building, but of the medieval fittings nothing now survives with the exception of the bowl of a piscine which is of an unusual design the only one of its kind in the Channel Islands.

There are three bells which are rung to indicate the services.

The Priaulx Library holds microfilm copies of the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from 1574 through the 1990's, although those for the periods 1599-1603 and 1616-1619 have not survived.

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