Giles Grendey


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(b Wotton-under-Edge, Glos, 1693; d Palmers Green, London, 3 March 1780). English cabinetmaker. He was the son of William Grendey, a farmer, and was apprenticed in London at the age of 16 to William Sherborne, a second-generation joiner. He became a freeman of the Joiners’ Company in 1716 and was taking on apprentices by 1726. One such apprentice, Christopher Petfield, took him to court for making him spend all his time sawing planks and for beating him ‘in a very barbarous manner’. This incident did not prevent Grendey from being elected to the Livery of the Joiners’ Company in 1729. He rose steadily through the hierarchy to the post of Master in 1766. In 1731 a fire damaged his workshop in Aylesbury House, St John's Square, Clerkenwell, destroying furniture to the value of £1000, including an easy-chair ‘to be purchas’d by a Person of Quality who design’d it as Present to a German Prince’.


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Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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