Born in Guernsey in 1952, son of a tomato grower. Educated at Elizabeth College before working in the Garden Centre business. In 2011 he became an accredited Guernsey tour guide, specializing in car tours of the island.
His father served as a States Deputy (member of the Guernsey Government) for 2 terms in the 1950’s.
His paternal Great Grand Father was an authority on growing bulbs. He served on the St Peter Port Douzaine, and his name is on the parish pump opposite Christies Restaurant. He was also a States Deputy, and Guernsey’s representative at Queen Victoria’s funeral in London.
His maternal Grand Father, was the headmaster of the Intermediate (Grammar) School in 1940, and took the boys to Oldham during the evacuation, for which he received the MBE from the King.
Mikes’ knowledge extends throughout the islands history, from when it was formed to the present day. He has a particular interest in the occupation, particularly as his paternal Grand Father was here throughout. He explains the varied history and story of Guernsey throughout his tours with both a passion, and a sense of humour!
Mike has been awarded the Tripadvisor “Certificate of Excellence” in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Mauger, Archbishop of Rouen (circa. 1030), uncle of William the Conqueror.
All the Norman chroniclers agree in telling us that, although the Pope had granted a dispensation, this audacious prelate (Mauger) ventured to excommunicate his Sovereign for having contracted a marriage with Matilda, daughter of the Count of Flanders, an alliance within the degrees of affinity prohibited by the Church. Mauger’s insolence did not remain unpunished. The Pope sent a Legate to Normandy, the bishops of the province were assembled, and his treason to his sovereign, and contempt of the Papal authority, were punished by his disposition from his archiepiscopal throne, and banishment to the islands of Guernsey. Some historians assign, as a further reason for his disgrace, the immorality of his life, and his prodigal expenditure, which led him, not only to waste the revenues of the Church, but even to sell consecrated vessels, and the ornaments of the sanctuary.
Tradition points out the spot in the neighbourhood of that romantic little creek, known by the anglicised name of Saints Bay, but which in ancient documents is called “La Contree de Seing”, where the deposed prelate lived during his prolonged sojourn in Guernsey. Here, it is said, he became acquainted with a noble damsel named Gille, by whom he had several children.
It is possible that the prelate might have been entirely forgotten in his place of exile, had it not been that a very numerous family, bearing his name, still exists in the island, and claims to be descended from him.