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J B Gilbert's Shop, 4 Meneage Street, Helston, 1951

PlaceMeneage Street, Helston Cornwall United Kingdom
KeywordsHelston Trades and Professions Shopkeeper Meneage Street
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

J B Gilbert's shop at 4 Meneage Street, Helston in 1951. The greenery suggests that the shop may have been decorated for Flora Day when this photograph was taken. J B Gilbert's provided the services of a Bookshop, Library, Newsagent, Stationers and Tobacconist and was previously located at 11 Meneage Street. Jim B Gilbert was the founder of St John Ambulance in Helston. He served in France during World War 1 and it was during his time as a stretcher bearer the idea of forming an ambulance division in his home town of Helston came to him. On his return from the War he worked tirelessly to win public support and guarantors until the Helston & District Division of the St John Ambulance Brigade was formed. Mr Gilbert became, by unanimous consent, the first Superintendent of the organisation. In 2016, 4 Meneage Street is now Gillian's Larder.