Acres of WW2 history for sale in Alderney

SEVEN acres of land that feature Second World War bunkers, gun emplacements and trenches has come up for sale in Alderney.

Andrew Eggleston of Bell & Co at the Giffoine site.  (31480700)
Andrew Eggleston of Bell & Co at the Giffoine site. (31480700)

Island estate agents Bell & Co are inviting sealed bids for a site that was developed by the Nazi forces during their occupation of the island.

Located in the south-west of the island, overlooking Gannet Rock, the area is known as Giffoine and includes several bunkers connected by open trenches, as well as two large gun emplacements.

Below the emplacements are the former shell hoists and ring-shaped passages and next to the pits are shelters that once housed 24 men and three officers.

Although sales such as this are not common, Bell & Co’s managing director Andrew Eggleston said it was not the first time it had sold this particular land – the current owner bought it through them in July 2021. The buyer was a military history fan with a particular interest in the Second World War.

‘The opportunity came up and he just grabbed it with both hands,’ Mr Eggleston said.

‘They’ve done so much work to it, it’s quite amazing. The reason they’re selling is due to a bit of ill health.’

He described it as a piece of living history.

The site is open to anyone to walk up and explore and he hoped that the new owner would keep it this way.

‘It would be a terrible shame if someone were to buy it and then start padlocking it,’ he said.

The deadline for bids is Friday 9 December. It is expected that the land will sell for somewhere around £40,000 and Mr Eggleston said that expressions of interest had already been made.

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