Workers at Ruston & Hornsby were doing their bit for the war

The Ruston and Hornsby factory was playing an important role in the war effort in the 1940s.
The Ruston and Hornsby factory was playing an important role in the war effort in the 1940s.

THIS excellent photograph taking us inside the old Ruston & Hornsby factory in London Road was sent in by Barbara Crunkhorn this week.

Barbara came across the photograph in her late husband, Bernard’s, collection.

Grantham historian John Pinchbeck informs us that the photograph was taken in 1943 by Walter Lee, who was given special permission to record the war in Grantham.

Part of the factory was being run during the war by the Ministry of Aircraft Production, run by Lord Beaverbrook.

The walls of the factory were anti-blast as it was deemed highliy likely to be a target of German bombing raids.

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