La Gran'mère du Chimquière

La Gran'mère du Chimquière, the Grandmother of the Cemetery, is a Neolithic statue at the gate of the St. Martin parish church.

One of Guernsey’s most famous ancient monuments, La Gran'mère was highly respected by local worshippers in years gone by. You can often see flowers at her feet or coins placed on her head - this is because it is thought to bring good luck and fertility to newly-wed couples.

Many legends and stories are told about La Gran'mère du Chimquière, but no one really knows what she is or where she came from, only that she is over 4,000 years old.

La Gran'mère is similar to two statues found in the south of Brittany, evidence of an ancient cultural connection between Guernsey and mainland France

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