Cambridge Park is a recreational park on the outskirts of St Peter Port, with wide-open spaces for members of the public to enjoy. The park has been a popular outdoor meeting place for the Guernsey community for many years. It is adjacent to Beau Sejour, Guernsey’s community leisure centre, with many facilities, including outdoor playgrounds and a state-of-the-art skate park, opened in 2013.
One of Cambridge Park’s most noticeable features is Churchill Avenue, a leafy tree-lined pedestrian avenue which is particularly picturesque in the Autumn. There is a stone plaque commemorating the last duel fought on the island in 1795 between Major William Byng (1770-95), of the 92nd Regiment of Foot, brother of the 1st Earl of Strafford, and the best-known dueller in Guernsey. He challenged the regimental surgeon, James Taylor, who had not stood during the National Anthem, claiming not to have recognised its rendition. Byng died in the duel, much mourned by his fellow soldiers. Duelling was banned in Guernsey and such challenges were normally carried out in Jersey.
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