Guernsey As It Used To Be

A Tour of the Town in Victorian Times


by George W.J.L Hugo

with an introduction and index by Stephen Foote

ISBN: 978-09928791-2-9

Paperback, 112 pages, 86 colour and B&W illustrations

Publisher: Blue Ormer Publishing

Launch Date: 10 April 2017

Please note: you can pre-order the book now, and it will be delivered in early April when available.

About the Book

Guernsey As It Used to Be is a portrait of the island during the Victorian era. Its author, George Hugo, was born in Guernsey in 1862 and describes the changes he saw in the island from his childhood until this book was originally published in 1933.

Now with a biographical introduction, an added index and extensive illustrations from the Priaulx Library collections, Guernsey As It Used To Be provides a fascinating insight into Guernsey as it was during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, brought to life with stories of the Town’s familiar characters and how they spent their time.

About the Author

George Hugo (1862-1936) was a dentist, who practised from his home in Allez Street. He wrote this book in the 1930s at the request of his children, to leave them with his memories of the people he had known and the way of life in Guernsey during his lifetime.

His obituary in The Star in 1936 said:

Mr. Hugo was of a charming disposition which had endeared him to a large circle of friends and acquaintances. It may be remembered that he published about two years ago a charming little book which was entitled “Guernsey As It Used To Be” in which he gave a graphic description of the changes he had seen in the town since he was a boy.