This small book is subtitled ‘A jog down memory lane in Old Camberley’. This week, since I am looking at people who have written about Camberley’s history, I felt that I must include it, despite the fact that the author says “This is not an historical account, with dates and histories of famous buildings, but just a family life, typical of many families in Camberley in the early nineteen hundred, so different from our present day life in the sprawling assortment of supermarkets, roundabouts and office blocks we see today.”
Ivy Alice Potton (1908-1989) published this small memoir in 1985 and dedicated it to her grandchildren “and to all the children growing up in this brave new world”. She was particularly concerned with the rearing of children from an early age, and, as an adult, she ran a nursery school in Grand Avenue called ‘Gay Trees’ and even learned the skills of entertaining the young with a Punch and Judy show.
If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in Camberley when the small town was suddenly overtaken by the late 20th century and much of the centre demolished, then you may find this a worthwhile read.