Situated on the picturesque River Cam to the South of the City of Cambridge, Grantchester is a village which dates all the way back to settlements in the 9th Century. Included in the Doomsday Book (1086) as Grantesete and Grauntsete, it began as an outlying settlement to the growing community in Cambridge.
The village is not only notable for its beauty but, for a small village, its brains. Grantchester is said to include amongst its residents the highest concentration of Nobel Prize Winners per person, many of whom previously worked as academics at the prestigious Cambridge University. Other noteworthy residents include Helaine Blumenfield OBE, a revered sculptor who has called the village home for over 50 years, as well as scientist Mary Archer and her husband, author Jeffrey Archer.