Grosnez Castle Ruins

Jersey, United Kingdom

Grosnez Castle is a ruined castle built by Sir John des Roches around 1330. The castle's purpose was to provide local farmers with a place of refugee from French attacks. The French captured however the castle in 1373 and 1381. The castle was probably demolished around the time of the French occupation of Jersey (1461–1468). In 1483 the Seigneur of St Ouen was allowed to fortify his manor house and it is unlikely he would have been given permission if Grosnez was still in use. In 1806, a naval signal station was established at Grosnez to send messages to Guernsey.

The castle's position on a clifftop 60 m above the sea means that the natural features of the site protect it on three sides. A ditch dug into the rock provides protection on the fourth side. The remains of ruined walls, mostly footings, are still present. A drawbridge and portcullis protected the gatehouse, which is the only substantial surviving remnant, and would have made it difficult to capture. There are traces of six simple buildings.

The name comes from the old Norse words for 'grey headland' - grar nes - an accurate description of the site when seen from the sea, rather than from the French for big nose. A nearby headland to the west has a similar name, Rouge Nez.

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Founded: 1330
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom

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blades1003 (4 months ago)
Not much there but a beautiful place nonetheless. You may even be lucky ro spot dolphins on the coast. Definitely worth a visit and it's free
Anne G (6 months ago)
Nice to see plenty of parking on find it on the coastal path.
nicola flint (6 months ago)
Beautiful place to walk especially with the heather out. Fantastic coastal views
Janis Scott (7 months ago)
Beautiful scenery, a lovely place to spend walking across the headland for a couple of hours!
Anna (2 years ago)
Remember coming here during the summer and it was a marvellous experience. The views are simply astonishing and you can have a great time walking around the paths as it is usually very calm and serene. Would be careful regardless of the weather but especially when it is very windy. If you come to Jersey on holiday I would recommend coming here and spending some time watching the surreal sunrise.
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