ST. SAVIOUR, Guernsey — The Rev. Leslie Craske is worried. A crack in the north aisle of his 14th-Century church has traveled up to the apex and down the other side. Outside, two large graves show signs of collapsing.
The Church of England minister suspects that the church and grounds may be sinking into a network of munition and rail tunnels the Nazis dug under the church during World War II.
The problem is not unusual in Guernsey, one of Britain's Channel Islands off the coast of France. Using foreign slave labor, the Germans dug 41 tunnels on the 25-square-mile island.
The tunnels are the war's most troublesome legacy in the Channel Islands, the only British soil occupied by the Germans.
In May, the government evacuated two elderly couples from state-owned rental houses because a tunnel underneath was crumbling slightly.
"We're not taking any chances," said Brian Castle, the islands' housing administrator.
A couple of years ago, a bowling green collapsed overnight in Delancey Park. Before that, a garden fell in Ft. George. Every now and then a field will subside, and the lawn in front of the St. Saviour's rectory undulates because of air raid shelters below.