The busy multicultural inner city district of Camberwell in the London Borough of Southwark is mentioned in The Domesday Book as Cambrewelle. The ancient agricultural village was known for its village green which hosted an annual rural fair and the area became a bolt hole for those wanting to escape the constraints of the city. Its nearby springs and wells also became a pull for those wanting to heal their complaints with the waters.
The former village retains agricultural links with its current day market, Camberwell Farmers' Market, which takes place every Saturday on Camberwell Green. Produce from Kent, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Somerset includes seasonal fruit and veg, rare breed beef, lamb and chicken, wild game, chicken and duck eggs, artisan bread, jams and chutneys.
Some of London’s best preserved Georgian houses can be found in Camberwell, which now also houses tower blocks, while The Salvation Army’s William Booth Memorial Training College towers over south London from Denmark Hill. The area has several art galleries including Camberwell College of Arts and the internationally celebrated South London Gallery, which has exhibited Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Gilbert & George.
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