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Non-conformist sects also grew during this century.
Noisy behaviour inside or outside the church was punished with a spell in the stocks and drunks would spend a day in a wooden or metal cage set up in Town Church Square."This was a violent age and cruelty could be found everywhere but it was unfortunate to say the least that the church added so much to the misery of people." (The Town Church of St Peter Port by R. In 1660 Charles II was made King and the Island authorities made a humble submission to him asking for a pardon for their break of allegiance during the Civil War (1640-1660).
The Dean had and still has his official seat in the church and with all these extra fixtures, galleries had to be built!
Parish records were kept in the Church until 1799 and registers of marriages and burials go back to 1565 and baptisms to 1630.
However as the churches were so beautiful and filled with lavish furniture and carved stones and wood, they did come under attack from pirates during this period.
The Catholic Church ended following Queen Mary's reign and a new order began to emerge in Guernsey.
The Church could also provide sanctuary for those seeking to avoid capital or corporal punishment until 1529.