The Plaques Project – What Next?

Listed below, with location, are the confirmed sites we would like to consider for the next plaques.

If you are interested in funding a plaque at any of these locations, or donating to the project, please go to our Donations & Sponsorship page for more details.

A full list of all the sites in the Southampton area that we know about, both confirmed and unconfirmed, can be downloaded here.


Shirley, Regents Park, Millbrook, & Freemantle, Southampton

Requisitioned sites

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

Interior of the Hants & Dorset Depot

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 in Park Street, Shirley, Southampton

Subcontractors

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

AutometalcraftOriginal building behind Emsworth Road, Southampton

Container Box & Printing Co. (The). 30 gallon jettison fuel tanks. Premises accessed via old entrance to BAT between 90 and 92, Regents Park Road, Southampton? SO15 8PD


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


Government Training Centre. Old Redbridge Road, Southampton. Listed subcontractor making machined details. Now the site of a housing development: Brunel Road, Southampton. SO15 0LR

Ordnance Survey map 1942 showing Government Training Centre

Sun Engineering, mechanical engineers. Machined details. Post war – lawn mower repairs and mangle roller specialists. British Fermentation Products Ltd, depot. Now stores for Iceland supermarket. 2, Newman Street, Shirley, Southampton. SO16 4FL


Weir Precision. 7, South Mill Rd, Southampton. Machine-tool manufacturing. Machined details. Post war – Vero Precision Engineering closed 1999. Residential development Avro Close, Southampton. SO15 4AE


Southampton to the East of the River Itchen

Original Supermarine sites

Itchen Works. Additional premises built in 1937 – 38 to fulfil orders for the Spitfire. Damaged in September 1940. Re-clad building used by various businesses now Siva Group, Spitfire House, Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton. SO19 7GB

Itchen Work c1938. Image from Vickers Archives

Woolston Works, Hazel Road. Site of Supermarine works from 1912 to Sept 1940. Production dispersed after bombing in September 1940. Office building used by Southampton Technical College to train electricians and plumbers. Demolished 1980? Aggregate store. Marine Skills Centre, Hazel Road, Southampton. SO19 7GA

Woolston Works before 1940

Requisitioned sites

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 from Vickers Archive

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.

Supermarine Shelters after the bombing in 1940. Peartree Green, Southampton

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

Southampton Newtown Works. Image from Vickers Archives

Sholing Stores, Botley Road, Hightown. Finished part stores. Within Sholing Wild Park, Southampton. SO19 0NP

Southampton Sholing Stores. Image from Vickers Archive

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

Weston Rolling Mills, Southampton. Image from Vickers Archives

Subcontractors

Southampton Electric Joinery Works. Subcontractor from early 1939/40. Supplemented the wood shop at Woolston with trestles, steps, bins etc. ATC Property Maintenance (vacated) 190, Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton. SO19 2QG


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