Upper Knapp Farm, originally known as Nasse Court, was purchased by Mr Thomas Trotman from Sir John Berkeley of Beverstone Castle in 1540. Before this little is known of the property except that it fell under the remit of the Manor of Woodmancote, part of the Berkeley estate.

 

The Trotman family were part of a rising class of yoemen made wealthy by the wool and cloth trade in the area. It is likely that the family used the large attic rooms of Nasse Court to store and possibly also make on hand looms woollen cloth which they would sell on regular trips to Bristol and London. 

 

Thomas Trotman's son married the daughter of Edward Tyndale, older brother of the famous William Tyndale who was first to translate the bible into English. 

 

Much later, deeds from 1690 show the property occupying a substantial area of land and detail many orchards as well as a brew house and duck pond. Another important local family, the Philimores, lived here at that time.

 

The listed building contains much of the original fabric. Most of the large oak and elm beams, cellars with stone steps, heavy panelling, several original windows and internal doors and a large heavy plated front door remain. Builders scribe marks of circles are still visible on an attic beam facing East, a traditional mark for 'warding off evil' drawn in those times.

 

One legend dating back to the 17th century speaks of a body being buried under the stone steps of the west cellar and that if any grass should grow on the steps the body will rise up and walk!

Another says that King Charles II stayed here after his escape from the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

One thing for sure is that the house has seen an awful lot of history and many people in all manner of fashion have walked through the great front door.