Subcontractor Sites

AST Hamble (& Exeter)

Webb, p. 176. Subcontractor. Whole aircraft repair. Spitfire Way, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton. SO31 4RT

Aerial view of Hamble showing AST Hangers in 1999. Image courtesy of Google Earth
November 1938 advertisement for AST in The Aeroplane publication

Auto Metalcraft Ltd.

“Sheet metal workers and cellulose finishers (specialists in reconstruction of motor vehicles after accidental damage & aircraft accessories manufacturers).” Subcontractor. (Appendix III). 30 gallon jettison fuel tanks and tropical air cleaners. Emsworth Trading Estate, Emsworth Road, Southampton. SO15 3LX

Aerial view of Buildings in Emsworth Road where Auto Metalcraft were situated. Image courtesy of Centaur Pictures

Compton Engineering Works

Engineers. Details, possibly propeller foundry as it was post-war. Possible light screen removed from doorway. Southampton Power Propeller Co., now DT Autoservices, 81, Commercial Road, Totton, Southampton. SO40 3AF

The site of Compton Engineering Works. Image courtesy of Google Street View.

The Container Box & Printing Co.

30 gallon jettison fuel tanks. Premises accessed via old entrance to BAT between 90 and 92, Regents Park Road, Southampton? SO15 8PD

Image from Kelly Directory 1940-41.

Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft.

Factory next to Southampton Municipal Airport, Eastleigh. Seafire oil tanks. Buildings became Ford Transit Works.

Image of factory downloaded from Facebook. Aerial view courtesy of the Daily Echo.


Dyas, J.C.

Shop blinds and tent maker. 149, Payne’s Road, Freemantle, Southampton. Engine and hub covers. Now Winsor House, flats, 149, Paynes Rd, Southampton. SO15 3SQ

J C Dyas advertisement from Kellys Directory 1970. Entry for J C Dyas in pre war Kellys Directory


Follands, Hamble.

Aircraft manufacturers. Ribs, stern fuselage. (Made 15,000 rear portions out of the 22,000 constructed for the Spitfire.) Hamble Aerostructures, Kings Ave, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton. SO31 4NF

Follands interior and Advertisement. Image owners unknown.


Foster Wikner Aircraft Co. Ltd.

Southampton Municipal Air Port, Southampton Road, Eastleigh. Plastic details. Mountpark, Wide Lane, Southampton. SO18 2NQ

Foster Wikner Aircraft Co Ltd entry in Kellys Directory 1939. Advertisement 1937. Image owners unknown.


Bottom left: Kelly’s Directory 1946 – Old Redbridge Road, Southampton: Top left: Govt Training Centre off Old Redbridge Rd, Southampton OS 1942: Right: Kelly’s Directory 1960 – Old Redbridge Road, Southampton


Haden, G.N.

Heating engineers. Rib brace fittings, oil pipes. Demolished. 5, Salisbury Street, Southampton. SO15 2EJ

Image by Alan Matlock

Hampshire Car Bodies.

Motor body builders. 62, Commercial Road, Totton. Machining and assembly. Totton Retail Park, 62-96 Commercial Road, Totton, Southampton. SO40 3AG

Entry in Kellys Directory 1939

Hampshire Ignition Ltd.

(“…assembly or repair work on mechanical or electrical units such as magnetos, petrol pumps, dynamos.” Grace’s Guide.) Machined details. 9, Cheesehill  (Chesil) Street, Winchester (next door to requisitioned Chisnell’s Garage). SO23 0HX

Grace’s Guide entry 1937

Hardwicke’s Garage, Totton.

Self-sealing of fuel tanks, engine covers for the “Walrus” flying boat. Corner of A35, Hunters Hill, and Whartons Lane, Ashurst, Southampton. SO40 7EG

Ordnance Survey map 1932 showing Hardwicke’s Garage (circled)

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