Grevel House is a magnificent and imposing piece of architecture that can be found on the High Street of Chipping Campden in Gloustershire, England. The High Street is one of Chipping Campden's most interesting, attractive and aesthetically pleasing attributes, and was described by famed English Historian, G.M Trevelyan (1876-1962), as 'the most beautiful village street now left on the island'. A statement which I'm sure many of you would agree with once you've lain eyes on the impressively long and broad High Street, which is continuously bordered all the way down, on either side, by a virtually solid line of terraced houses, boasting a wide variety of different but equally appealing architectural styles.
Grevel House itself is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Chipping Camdens High Street, and was constructed in the year 1380 by a man named William Grevel. William Grevel was one of the most highly regarded and important wool merchants in the entirety of England, not to mention the honoured financier of King Richard the second! William Grevel built Grevel House towards the north or 'bottom' end of Chipping Camden's High Street, with the intention of having it solely for himself to live in. He designed it beautifully - including original stone gargoyles, a beautiful wall-set sundial, and several chimneys in the final design. Grevel House is infact the first house ever built with chimneys, as opposed to simple holes in the roof!