The English Civil War

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The English Civil War

Marston Moor JBarker.jpg

J Barker's painting of Marston Moor, one of the decisive battles of the Civil War

The English Civil War, fought between 1642 and 1651, and the Commonwealth or Parliamentary government which followed, until the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, was one of the most turbulent periods in Jersey's history

Troops cross from West Park to Elizabeth Castle

Although it is commonly stated that Jersey remained staunchly loyal to the Crown, while Guernsey's sympathies were with the Parliamentarians, the true story was immensely more complicated than this. Control of Jersey moved backwards and forwards between supporters of the Crown and Parliament, and, more importantly, between island families which happened to support one side or the other.

This section of Jerripedia brings together a number of existing articles covering this period of history.

The Civil War and Jersey

The Great Rebellion

A 54-page article from the 1937 Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise divided into sections


A number of people feature very prominently in Jersey in the period before, during and after the English Civil War. A basic knowledge of the timing of major events in England and Jersey also helps understand what was happening in the island and why


Much of what we now know of these times was recorded in the diaries of Jean Chevalier, who is known as Jersey's Samuel Pepys. He produced a detailed record of what went on in the island from 1643-1651, but it stops abruptly with the end of the civil war.

Charles II

Sir George Carteret


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