Torteval Church

Guernsey, United Kingdom

The original Church of St Philippe fell into a state of disrepair and was demolished when the current Church replaced it in 1816. The States of Guernsey funded the construction as the parishoners had been unable to maintain its upkeep. It features an unusual round tower with the tallest spire in the island. It contains the oldest bell in the Channel Islands, cast in France in 1432. Thankfully it survived both the Reformation and the demolition.



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Founded: 1816
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Jean Knight (2 years ago)
The Church is a delight both inside and out. The tower is illuminated at night. My father, born in 1919, had many boyhood adventures ringing the bells of Torteval Church. One Sunday they found a sporty car belonging to a less liked parishioner and lifted it into the graveyard surrounding the church!
Robert Walter (5 years ago)
This is a must visit when going to Guernsey it fantastic round steeple and the village it's in so lovely
Michael kemp (5 years ago)
Great place for a visit
Chris & Mary Singer (5 years ago)
Beautiful with cliffs, meadows, streams, endangered goat breeds and fresh clean air.
Simon Noakes-Tarrant (5 years ago)
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