As the editor of The Buildings of England and the author of most of the volumes, I can only thank David Verey for having undertaken the labour of love of writing these two volumes on Gloucestershire. No one could be better qualified than he, and whereas I always go to my counties as an outsider, he lives in Gloucestershire, has done the listing of the buildings of Gloucestershire for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and has written the Shell Guide to Gloucestershire. He did all the library preparation for all the pages of the Gloucestershire volumes of the Buildings of England himself. He knows the houses, inside out, far better than I ever do in my counties, and so the result has a completeness which few of the other volumes can match. All I did about Gloucestershire was to visit with Mr Verey’s text more than sixty places. In many of them I strengthened medieval detail a little. Only Tewkesbury and Gloucester Cathedral did I add more, but everything of course in agreement with Mr Verey
About the Author
David Cecil Wynter Verey was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained an M.A. degree in architecture, and became an A.R.I.B.A in 1940 He was a captain in the Royal Fusiliers, and was later seconded to S.O.E. A life-long inhabitant of Gloucestershire, he was the High Sheriff of the County in 1966 and later Chairman of the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee on Faculties and the Care of Churches. He bought Arlingham Mill, Bibury, and converted it into a museum. The author of several Shell Guides to the Counties of England and Wales, Cotswold Churches (1976), and The Diary of a Cotswold Parson (1978), David Verey was married and had two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren.