Formerly known as Cambridge Town, Camberley lies on the Surrey border with Berkshire and is steeped in military history as the town developed around what is now known as Sandhurst Military College. This college formed a major role in training Britain’s armed forces for many generations and was recently given the Freedom of the Borough award - the highest honour the local borough can give a military establishment - as part of their celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The town is close to Farnborough; world famous for its International Air Show every other year. It is within easy commuting access to major towns in the area such as Basingstoke, Guildford, and Reading and is only 35 miles from London making it an ideal base for exploring this area of south east England. The Mall Shopping Centre provides a shopping haven in the town centre with a wide range of national retailers, restaurants and plenty of on-site parking. There’s plenty of choice if you want to eat out with restaurants representing a wide range of cuisines from traditional British; to Thai; Chinese and Mexican, as well as Italian and American favourites.
Visitors to the area should look out for the famous Camberley Elephant, a concrete pipe structure on the way into the town, originally an advertising structure for a local pipe firm but now an integral part of the town years after the firm closed down. For those interested in history, a trip to The Knoll on the outskirts of the town is recommended to have look around the remains of The Obelisk, a communications tower built around 1765. The upper floors of this Grade II listed building were destroyed by fire in the 1880s.
Dr Who fans may recognise the town as both the town centre and the Millitary College are featured in the comic strip ‘The Warkeeper’s Crown’.
The town was known as a popular health retreat in the late 19th century, especially for those with lung diseases due to the healthy air attributed to the large pine tree forests in the area, a marked improvement on the opinion expressed by Daniel Defoe a couple of centuries previously!
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