The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

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Searching for Jean Ray of JEAN'S CAFE, Grove Lane 1951-1961

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Ocki from Blue Shop Cottage has asked:

Next year I'm going to be turning Blue Shop Cottage back into Jean's Cafe.
JEAN'S CAFE was on Grove Lane between 1951 and 1961 here where Blue Shop Cottage is now and I've found out, by visiting the local history archive, it was owned an run by a woman called Jean Ray.

I'm keen to find out about her and more about her cafe and wanted to ask if you could ask your families and friends who might know more to get in touch with me on

Any help would be so much appreciated.

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the CamberwellCommunity Choir, the HollingtonYouth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival