Requistioned Sites – L to Z Confirmed

Leigh (Road) Stores.

Eastleigh Engineering Company Works (later Barron & Crowthers) on Woodside Avenue. Finished  parts store. Painting Spitfire’s wings(?) Halfords, Channon Retail Park, Woodside Avenue, Eastleigh. SO50 9NA

Leigh Road Stores, Eastleigh. Image courtesy of Vickers Archives

Lowther’s Garage.

Filling station, car sales and repairs. Machine shop and tool room. Car sales and repairs and filling station. Indoor market. Next to Kwik Fit, 12 Park St, Southampton. SO16 4RJ

Lowther’s Garage Ltd, Park Street, Shirley, Southampton. Image courtesy of Vickers Archives.
Image courtesy of Bitterne Local History Society and Jim Brown

Moore’s Garage, Bagshot, Surrey.

Transport hub on A30 serving London area subcontractors. BP Garage and M&S Food Hall, 40, London Rd, Bagshot. GU19 5HL

Moore’s Garage, Bagshot, Surrey

Newtown Works. Southern Joinery Co. (Electric Works)

Requisitioned and subcontractor. Woodmill & woodwork. Off Botley Road, Hightown. Joinery workshop continued producing doors, window-frames etc. Residential development at end of Botley Gardens, Sholing, Southampton. SO19 0NT

Southern Joinery Co., Newtown Works. Southampton. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive

Park Place.

(New build next to the country house home of Sir James Bird, Supermarine Managing Director.) Wickham W.V.S., rivet-sorting. School building, pb Digital creative design company, The Offices, Park Place, Winchester Road, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5HA. parkplacecentre.org.uk occupy the main house. Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, Fareham. PO17 5HA

Park Place, Wickham, Hampshire. Image owner unknown.

Polygon Hotel.

Admin and management took over 4th floor, Sept 1940 – Dec 7th when moved to Hursley Park. Residential apartment block, The Polygon, Southampton. SO15 2BN

Polygon Hotel, Southampton, 1938. Image owner unknown.

RNAS Worthy Down.

December 1940, Spitfire development flying was moved to the airfield with Jeffrey Quill, chief test pilot for Vickers Supermarine, in charge. Supermarine used the airfield in the development of the Spitfire from December 1940 to March 1944. Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration, Kings Worthy, Winchester. SO21 2RG

Spitfires in front of Worthy Down hangar. Image owner unknown.

Seward’s Garage.

Car sales. Toolmakers, fuselage components, fuselage erection and installations. Bottom floor subsequently used by Follands from possibly 1946 into 1950s. Kelly’s 1960: 230 Winchester Rd, Folland Aircraft; 234 Seward, Roland F, motor engineer & sales 72431, 4 lines. 1964 230/232 Southern Gas Board. Site now occupied by Shell Garage and The Range, 230-234 Winchester Rd, Southampton. SO16 6TL

Seward’s Garage, Winchester Road, Southampton. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive
Fuselage in the upper floor of Seward’s Garage.

Sholing Stores, Botley Road, Hightown.

Finished part stores. Within Sholing Wild Park, Southampton. SO19 0NP

Sholing Stores. image courtesy of Vickers Archive

Short’s Garage.

Early 20th C, brewery. Garage, Singer dealer. Production, machine shop & tool room. Garage post-war, now Bargate Homes, St James Mews, St Cross Road, Winchester. SO23 9HY


Sleepy Hollow Barn. 

Accounts and Records. Farm storage, Gift Shop. Barnaby & Zoe Chiari, Antiquarian Bookstore, The Barn, The Old Farmhouse, Ampfield Hill, Ampfield, Hampshire. SO51 9BD worthydownbooks@outlook.com

Sleepy Hollow Farm, Ampfield. Image by Alan Matlock

Solent Court Barns, Solent Court Farm.

Possibly requisitioned by Follands/AST Hamble. Assembling/repairing wings. Private residence: Solent Court Farm, Chilling Lane, Hook, near Warsash. SO31 9HF

Supermarine Staff at Solent Court 1943. Image owner unknown.

Southampton University Huts.

Teaching rooms. Drawing office Sept 1940 – Dec 7th when moved to Hursley Park. Behind University of Southampton Library, (between it and Hartley Avenue), Highfield, Southampton. SO17 3QZ

Southampton University site c.1926. Image by Peter Eckford, Southampton Heritage Photos.

Southend House.

Dowager House for Hursley Park. Accounts and Records, Supermarine social club, concerts and films. Continued under Supermarine ownership until they left. Demolished 1970s? Small cul-de-sac of 7 detached homes. The site of the original house is occupied by 3, South End Close, Hursley, Winchester. SO21 2LJ

Southend House, late 1800s. Image from “Hursley 2000, A Collection of Memories” by Stan Rawden.

Sunlight Laundry & Dye Works.

Details, Fitting shop and sub-assemblies. (Allom Lighting was at 231-33, Winchester Road in 1964, 235-37 was Winchester Rd Service Station; 239, Hants & Dorset body repair depot.) M&S Foodhall, Unit 2/Pets at Home, Unit 3, Shirley Retail Park, Winchester Rd, Southampton. SO16 6TP

The Sunlight Laundry & Dye Works, Winchester Road, Southampton. Images courtesy of Vickers Archive and The Supermariners.


Webbs Land Tithe Barn.

Jig store. Storage of garden and vineyard equipment. Private residence: Webbs Land Vineyard, Tanfield Lane, Fareham. PO17 5NS

Webbs Land Tithe Barn. Image by Alan Matlock

Weston Works.

Rolling mills for copper sheeting to make small artillery and naval shell cases. Partly occupied for copper-smithing facilities. Demolished and land used for housing and Weston Shore pitch and putt golf course, Southampton. SO19 9SH

Southampton Weston Works. Image courtesy of Vickers Archive.


(New build.) Embodiment Loan Store – parts purchased by the Government for Supermarine. Over the other side of the former A34 road a large aircraft storage area was created. Guard posts were put in place in the form of Quetta Huts. Two of these still survive in situ.

South Wonston Stores, guard hut in woods. Image by Alan Matlock.

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