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Greve de Lecq
Greve de Lecq

Ghostly Cries of Greve de Lecq

Read about the ghostly cries of Greve de Lecq in our Jersey Folklore series and contribute your tale.

Centuries ago, Queen Elizabeth I gave Sark to Helier de Carteret, on the condition that he would pay her 50 shillings a year, and would keep 40 men there to defend Sark against the French.

Helier set sail with several Jersey families, but as they passed the Pierre de Lecq rocks one of the ships hit them, and sank. All on board were drowned, including several children.

After that tragedy, passing fishermen used to say a prayer in their memory - 'Our Father' ('Pater Noster') - which is why these rocks are now known as the Paternosters.

Some say that when a storm is brewing, the cries of the drowned children can still be heard.

last updated: 30/10/06
 
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odian samson
what about the rock at the ecrechous called "Prieres des Femmes".sailing ship hit it and the crew swam to the main island but the large number of women on board would not go but instead stayed on the rock that they had hit but that rock covers in water on every tide and the crew told them that, still they stayed and in the morning they were gone. ever since you hear their cries, hence the name of the rock.

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