Requisitioned (Dispersal) Sites

Requisitioned Sites

Austin House Garage.

Leading edges, tank coverings and training. Doves Vauxhall, 75, The Avenue, Southampton. SO17 1XS

Austin House Garage. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive

Bishops Waltham Store.

Brickworks drying shed. Used as a store from early 1940. Finished parts Store – leading edges (Webb p. 124). Tavcom Training, Unit 10, Claylands Park, Claylands Rd, Bishop’s Waltham, Southampton. SO32 1QD

Bishops Waltham Brickworks. Possibly of what is now the Tavcom building and a round kiln. Image owner unknown

Botley Store.

Hotel grounds. (New build.) Large shed next to hotel garages with pill box built to protect approach drive from main road. Finished part stores. Botleigh Grange Hotel, (closed, under offer), Grange Rd, Hedge End, Southampton. SO30 2GA

Image from Vickers Archives 2003-041. Botley Stores

Chisnell’s Garage.

Press and drawbench shop – sheet metal detail. Kwikfit Garage, 32-34 Chesil St, Winchester. SO23 0HX

Chisnell’s Garage, Winchester. Images courtesy of Vickers Archive and The Supermariners


Deepdene House.

Private residence. Accounts, offices for wages and salaries staff. Now converted into flats with more built in the grounds. Deepdene, 96, Midanbury Lane, Southampton. SO18 4HD

Deepdene House. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive and The Supermariners

Eyken’s Garage, Kenilworth.

Transport hub serving Birmingham area subcontractors. Shell Garage, Warwick Road, Kenilworth. CV8 1HY

Image courtesy of Grahamgould.org.uk

Garratt’s Garage.

Supermarine’s transport base in Chandler’s Ford.  Kwik Fit and Shell Garage, 130, Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh. SO53 2DS

Garrett Bros Garage possibly 1940. Image courtesy of Eastleigh History Society

Hants & Dorset Bus Garage/Depot.

Requisitioned by town council to store sandbags and trailer pumps. Then requisitioned by Supermarine. Wings, complete wing assembly. Pure Gym Shirley/ Halfords, Shirley Retail Park, Winchester Rd, Southampton. SO16 6TP

Wings & jigs at Hants & Dorset Depot. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive

Hendy’s Garage,

Car sales and repairs. Fuselage assembly and installations. Car sales and repairs, then retail before demolition in 2007? Student Roost – Vincent Place, Vincents Walk, Southampton. SO14 1JY

Hendy’s Pound Tree Road. Image from Facebook

Hendy’s Agricultural Equipment Showroom.

Initially stores then pre-production. Became Hendy Ford main dealer HQ. Now residential development. Hut Farm Place, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh. SO53 3LQ

Hendy’s Agricultural Equipment Showroom, Chandlers Ford. Image owner unknown.

Hollybrook Stores.

7(?) empty wooden huts. Finished part stores. Demolished and new units built 1980s? Units 1 – 5 Hollybrook Road, Southampton. SO16 6RB

Hollybrook Stores. Image owner unknown.

Holt House.

Private residence. Inspection – Office for Aeronautical Inspection Directorate (AID). Reverted to private residence from 29.12.1945? Holt House, Winchester Road, Chilworth, Southampton. SO16 7LH

Holt House. Image courtesy of Vickers Archives

Hursley Park Drawing Office.

(New build.) Initially operated from the Ballroom and Conservatory then purpose-built hangar erected in trees. Demolished and IBM buildings now cover the site. IBM UK Research Laboratory, Hursley Park, Winchester. SO21 2JN

Hursley Park Drawing Office. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive and The Supermariners

Hursley Park, Experimental Lab.

(New build.) Metal prototype work was moved to a new, purpose built, Experimental Hangar, close to the southern, Southampton, entrance to the Hursley Park estate. Now site of a car park behind John Keble C of E Primary School, Hursley Park Rd, Hursley, Winchester. SO21 2LA

Hursley Park Experimental Laboratory. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive.

Hursley Park House.

Country home of Lady Mary Cooper. Supermarine continued to use Hursley Park House for admin and management until 1957. IBM set up their UK Research HQ there in 1958. IBM UK Research Laboratory, Hursley Park, Winchester. SO21 2JN

Supermarine Staff at Hursley Park House. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive and The Supermariners

Hursley Road (Central) Stores.

Farmland. (New build.) Raw materials store. RN Stores then sold to Draper Tools, 1963. Draper Tools, Head Office, Hursley Road, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh. SO53 1YF

Hursley Road Central Stores possibly 1950s. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive and The Supermariners

Itchen Works Air Raid Shelters.

“Two pieces of land at Itchen”. Land, liable to flooding, filled with bombed building rubble and level raised. Open space for recreation and local nature reserve below Pear Tree Green.

Itchen Works Air Raid Shelters, Peartree Green, Southampton after the bombing raid on 24th September 1940. Image owner unknown.

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