A special Miniature Sheet will be issued by Jersey Post on 6 August 2015, celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Channel Island of Sark becoming a fief to the Crown.
Sark lies 128 kilometres south of England, nestled between the larger Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey and rises above the sea with an area of about 500 hectares.
On 6 August 1565, Helier De Carteret, the Seigneur of the parish of St Ouen in Jersey, was granted the Isle of Sark by Queen Elizabeth I in Letters Patent. Sark was thereby made an inheritable fief, which Helier held from the Crown of England on certain conditions: he had to maintain at least forty men to defend the Island from pirates, do homage to the sovereign and pay an annual 1/20th part of a knight’s fee.
Helier moved forty families to Sark, mostly from St Ouen in Jersey and built a small manor house on the site of a ruined medieval manor.
Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post explains: “We were approached last year by the Chief Pleas of Sark and were fascinated to learn about the history of the island and the story of its connection to Jersey especially as the Seigneurs of St Ouen were Lords of St Ouen and of Sark from 1565 until 1720.”
Helier De Carteret built a small manor house on the site of a ruined medieval manor and the manor, now known as ‘Le Manoir’, still survives to this day.
“We were delighted to work with Mr Charles Malet de Carteret, the Seigneur of St Ouen today”, continued Mrs Gouzinis, “and to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the grant by illustrating the De Carteret Coat of Arms on the stamp within the Miniature Sheet which also features the family’s historic Jersey residence, St Ouen’s Manor.”
The Miniature Sheet has been illustrated by stamp artist Nick Shewring and will be available to buy from 6 August 2015. Philatelic stamp products such as First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the main post office at Broad Street, St Helier, Jersey, on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320.