Nass Point

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameNass Point
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGloucestershire
Modern AuthorityGloucestershire
1974 AuthorityGloucestershire
Civil ParishLydney

Early owners of Nass Manor may have built a small castle here. In 1558 Nass cliff was known as "Nass Castle" and in 1737 the Joneses claimed that a castle had anciently stood on their manor. Its most likely site appears to be at Nass Point, at the southern end of the cliff, guarding the entrance to Lydney Pill (VCH).

Site visit by members of Dean Archaeological Group. No trace of a castle located (Webb 2000). (Gloucestershire SMR)

Gatehouse Comments

This sounds more like a name given to a natural feature of importance to local seafarers, as a navigation mark, with some fanciful 'history' added on for family kudos. The suggested cliff edge site doesn't seem likely as a manorial site (Nass Court at SO649020 was the manorial centre) but it may be possible a prehistoric earthwork was on the site and is now lost to coastal erosion. The given map reference is that given in the Gloucestershire SMR but should used as an approximate location only.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO651017
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  • Currie, C.R.J. and Herbert, N.M. (eds), 1996, VCH Gloucestershire Vol. 5 p. 63 online transcription


  • Hoyle, Jon, 2008, The Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Archaeological Survey (Gloucestershire County Council) Vol. 2 p. 115 online copy
  • Webb, A., 2000, Castle Sites Survey. A survey of castle sites, possible and actual in the Forest of Dean and adjoining parishes (Dean Archaeological Group)