Most probably named after Sir George Edward Grey, KCB (14 April 1812 – 19 September 1898) who was a soldier, explorer, Governor of South Australia, twice Governor of New Zealand, Governor of Cape Colony (South Africa), the 11th Premier of New Zealand and a writer.
Fernleigh was built in ca. 1850 for the grocer & politician William Nicholson.
Richard Twentyman married William Nicholson’s widow, Sarah Birkett on 2 June 1866, and took over her lease on Barham House next door.
Barham House was constructed in 1850 to the designs of the architect John Gill (ca.1797-1866).