Calvert during the second world war

In 1939, London Brick drivers were seconded to military service. 57 of the company’s vehicles were used and less than 12 returned after the war.

In one day, 820,000 bricks were made as demand increased for deliveries to sites building air raid shelters.

The brickworks became increasingly run by women and later Italian and German prisoners of war arrived.

During the war, a train arrived at Calvert Station from London with a number of evacuees. They were transported to Charndon school and the local women were told to receive them there. Because no one was told which child was allocated to them, they all got picked until a brother and sister were left who did not want to be parted. Mrs Molly Stuchbury took the siblings home.