The Life of Gilbert Peterson Roberts
Gilbert Roberts was the youngest son of William and Mary Roberts, Methodist school teachers from Redhill, Surrey. He moved to Burgh Heath in the late 1880s where he set up what was to become a successful retail business in the area: GP Roberts & Sons, which eventually acquired six premises. He married Mary Ann Ragalina Underwood from Tunbridge Wells in the 1890 and together they had five children Gilbert, Cassandra, Donald, Harrison (born 1901 on whose reminiscences this biography is based) and Hugh. At the same time he was heavily involved in local evangelical religion through Tadworth Mission Hall of which he became superintendent. Under his leadership Tadworth became an independent Evangelical church and he was also involved in three other Evangelical churches in the area. In 1922 his wife died. Later he married Connie and retired to Bournemouth where he built Tuckton Evangelical Church before dying on 2 October 1955 in Southlands Hospital, Shoreham-by-sea. His sons Donald, Harrison and Hugh successfully continued the business, but in the next generation the properties were rented out rather than directly managed.
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