Camberley is littered with the remains of large estates – well, not really large estates, but extravagantly grand houses that were built on plots large enough to house lodges, stables and other assorted outbuildings. The houses themselves were often unpopular with the next generation and after a ‘half-life’ as a school, hotel or flats they were demolished and the plot sub-divided up by enterprising local builders.
This is the lodge for ‘Shalbourne’ I should imagine, but it could have been for ‘Ochiltree’. According to the reliable local historian Gordon Wellard, the land here was part of the Pine Woods Estate of 1892. Shalbourne and Ochiltree had grounds that rose up to meet Belton House at the top of the ridge. By the 1960s several local houses were being used for the boarders of Elmhurst Ballet School but then they decided to build their own accommodation and Ochiltree was sold and the Shalbourne Rise estate built there, partly by Marcus Eden, and partly by Charles Church.