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Liberatioon Square
Liberation Square

Point 1 - Liberation Square

Named in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since the end of the Occupation, Liberation Square's history stretches much further back into Jersey's past.


Liberation Square was developed in 1995 to mark the 50th Anniversary of Jersey's Liberation. To the north of the square stands the Pomme D’Or Hotel, which was used by the Nazis as their Headquarters during the Occupation. The hotel's original balcony was the focal point for celebrations when the island was liberated by British forces on May 9, 1945.

Liberation Square looking east
Liberation Square looking east

At the centre of Liberation Square is Philip Jackson’s sculpture depicting a group holding the Union Flag at the centre of a fountain. Twelve water jets in the pool symbolise Jersey's 12 parishes.

As the island celebrated Liberation 60 on May 9 2005, Surgeon Captain McDonald, the man who originally draped the Union Flag from the Harbour Office in 1945 (now the Jersey Tourism office), again unfurled Great Britain's colours from the same window as he had 60 years previously. The Liberation 60 celebrations were given a royal seal of approval with a visit from Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Philip.

At the centre of Liberation Square is Philip Jackson’s sculpture depicting a group holding the Union Flag at the centre of a fountain. Twelve water jets in the pool symbolise Jersey's 12 parishes.

Surgeon Captain McDonald, Liberation Day 2005
Surgeon Captain McDonald, Liberation Day

The Tourism office, built in 1901, was once the new Railway Terminus for the Jersey Railway which ran from St. Helier to St. Aubin and then later onwards to Corbière in St Brelade. The railway closed in 1936 after the increase in the use of cars and coaches forced it out of business.

It was also from the rear of the Tourism Office that in 1942 over 1,000 people were deported to civilian internment camps in Germany. English-born Jersey residents and their families were deported in a tit-for-tat manoeuvre following the capture of German nationals by British Forces. A plaque can be seen on the Esplanade side of the building commemorating this event.

Most of the deportees were destined to be held at the Bad Wurzach camp in southern Germany for the remainder of the war. Today, St. Helier is twinned with Bad Wurzach and participates in a programme of cultural visits and exchanges designed to promote friendship, understanding and reconciliation. A plaque can be seen on the Esplanade (northern) side of the building commemorating this event.

Moving on to Point 2

Bench reading 'Kite' an 1859 Bric built in Jersey.
Bench remembering Jerseybuilt ships

From Liberation Square, use the pedestrian crossing to reach the Steam Clock. From here proceed along the footpath at the edge of the old harbour keeping Commercial Buildings on your left. The path curves to circle the English Harbour, on the other side of which you will find La Folie...

On your way to the next point take a look at the benches around the Old Harbour which bear the names of ships built in Jersey's shipyards.

last updated: 12/07/05
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