A Big Yellow Camberley lamb or a harrow?

Standing taking a photo of the gas-holder being demolished in Admiralty Way, I could just make out the distant colourful shape of Big Yellow, standing on the corner of the Blackwater Valley Road and London Road.  On a rather nicer day, I had managed to take a good shot of the building from across the busy junction.

Before the arrival of the storage company there sat, at the cross-roads,  a lonely survivor from the golden age of Camberley’s pubs,  The Lamb – a painted sign in the museum is all that remains.

According to Ken Clarke  (Time Gentlemen Please, The History of Licensed Premises in Frimley and Camberley Prior to 1950) it doesn’t appear as a licensed premises until 1867 although it may have been providing beer for the workers before this.  The arrival of the gas-works around the corner was, presumably, good for business!   In 1873 it became a ‘tied house’ for a brewers in Waltham St Lawrence, which shows that the pub trade has been more than just local for quite a long time.

Just 130 metres from The Lamb was once the Three Post Boys (previously The Harrow).  This was an inn with a much older history, having been built about 1667 when the land was owned by the Tichbornes. By 1805 it belonged to James Laurell and was sold to William Parfett who was an Eversley brewer and also the builder of the (now demolished) Duke of York hotel.

Only sketchy drawings seem to exist of this pub, showing the toll-gate nearby, and it was closed in December 1913.  I don’t know when it was demolished but it was Solomon’s Petrol Station and Garage when Ken Clarke wrote his book.  By my calculations, it is now the site of the Audi showroom.

Since writing the last paragraph I have found a photo of the The Three Post Boys in Graham Barsons’s book ‘Camberley and Yorktown between the wars’.  The bottom photo on page 39 shows that the building was a small earlier structure with a larger, probably 19th century addition.  At the time of the photo it was being used as an antique shop.  Graham records that the petrol station built on the site initially had the same name.


One thought on “A Big Yellow Camberley lamb or a harrow?

  1. I am interested in this very local area as an ancestor was born in 4 Bridge cottages and I have been trying to work out where they were. As far as I can tell they were between the Lamb and the bridge. An address given for the Lamb was 593 London Road and that is the last of the numbers spanned by Big Yellow storage. So that would make the cottages somewhere about the present junction of the A331 with the A30. The 1891 Census listing order was Bath Place, London Road – Bridge Cottages – Gas House (home of the Gas Works Manager) then The Terrace in ascending order. I am therefore assuming that the order for the Census went Westwards down the South side to the County boundary then turned round Eastwards along the North side of London Road. Which leads me to wonder what was Bath Place? The 25 inch map of 1913 doesn’t show any particularly large building in the expected area. Nor does it show The Lamb as a PH.
    Any information or old photos would be of great interest.

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