Not that long ago Camberley was not the sort of place that you lingered, if you were travelling along what is now the A30. In fact, you urged the horses on and kept a sharp eye open for highwaymen and footpads.
However, the road was a major highway and small towns strung out along it were the ‘motorway service areas’ of the time. One such was Bagshot where the many inns provided food and drink for horses and people. Once suitably refreshed it was ‘all aboard’ for the long haul up Jenkins Hill, a quick dash past the heathland that is now Camberley, over the river Blackwater and, possibly, a bit of lunch at Blackwater.
No-one seems to know why the name, although there is some suggestion that it was once owned by three sailors…….