I wonder if this is the source of the ‘escaped medieval building’ syndrome that seems to affect some of Camberley’s town centre buildings? Not only does this Edwardian pair of shops look much older but there may have been a gap in the space-time continuum through which a large external timepiece has disappeared?
Alas, there is a simpler explanation – and it concerns the story of a family of Estate Agents. Originally a Mr Chancellor passed his business on to his sons – one took over in Camberley (Chancellor & Son) and one took over in Bagshot & Lightwater (Chancellors). The Camberley office had a large clock, with their name on it hung in pride of place from the first floor. When this branch of the family recently decided to pull out of the residential market (although they are still in the building somewhere….) the clock was taken down and stored. Into the empty downstairs offices moved the other firm……
Apparently it was felt that there would be less confusion locally and would help passers-by realise that it was a different Chancellors in the downstairs office but this strategy hasn’t worked – people just wonder where the clock has gone and keep on asking about it!
These two shops in the High Street were, I think, the offices of the local architects HR and BA Poulter, and was built in 1904 in the Arts & Crafts style.