Millbrook Local History Society

B.A.T. Factory

Did you know that in 1941  a production line was set up in the old BAT factory to make Jettison reserve fuel tanks for Spitfires.Over 300 women were employed to do this work they would have normally been employed to pack cigarettes.

Ford Motor Co.

Did you know if it hadn't been for the stubbornness of Marianne Vaudrey Barker - Mill , Ford Motor company bought land at Millbrook Point in the early 1900's  intending to built a factory with a waterfront for exporting cars by sea.It was discovered a few years later that although Fords owned the land they did not own the mud flats along the shore, they belonged to Marianne.Henry Ford refused to pay the £200 per acre she wanted and instead went to Dagenham to build his plant. How differently the docks and local industry would have been.

Foundry Lane School

Foundry Lane school was opened in 1902 , most of the children who attended had fathers who worked in the docks factories and foundries and lived in the small terraced houses nearby.

Millbrook Secondary Modern Girls School

Millbrook Secondary Modern girls school was opened in 1960 by Lady Pamela Hicks. She was the younger daughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma and cousin to  Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

Nelson Ward

Nelson Ward the grandson of Admiral Lord Nelson is buried in Holy Trinity cemetery He lived in Blighmont House  near to Waterhouse Lane between 1900 until his death in 1917. The house was bought by BAT in the early sixties and was demolished by them.

Old Millbrook Road

Many fine old houses ' stood' on the old Millbrook Road , including the Manor House, Elmleigh House and Victoria Lodge all ' victims' when road building was commenced after the war. The last remaining grand house is Baronald built about 1900 , now converted into flats.

Saint Nicholas Church

Saint Nicholas' church which stood approx  at the crossroads of Regents Park and Millbrook  Road  was originally the Parish church of Millbrook. It was demolished many years ago due to its dilapidated state.

Wimpson Infant & Junior School.

Wimpson Infant and Junior School's nickname was  Queen Mary due to the three 'funnels' on the roof. The original school was demolished a few years ago and the new school was called Mason Moor Primary

How many Southampton are there in America.

There are 7 Southamptons. Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Suffolk County in New York, 2 in Pennsylvania and Ontario Canada.

Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts, the famous hymn-writer, was a native of Southampton. Watts wrote 'O God Our Hope In Ages Past', and the Civic Centre's clock plays this hymn every four hours. There is a monument to Isaac Watts in Watts Park.

Tebourba Way

Tebourba Way was named in honour of the bravery of the men of Hampshire Regiment’s part in the WW2 Battle of Tebourba 1942, (North Africa). Tebourba Way was officially opened on the 30th April 1953 and a Plaque to commemorate this stands at the junction of Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.

Mansel Road

Owen Mansel served on Millbrook Parish Council from 1919-1930. He worked tirelessly for the good of the community and after his death in 1931 the lane between Wimpson Lane and Lower Brownhill Road was named Mansel Road in his honour. His is buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard.

First bombs in Southampton

The First bombs to fall on Southampton during WW2 actually fell on Millbrook on the 19th June 1940. Two bombs fell on South Mill Road, one in Westbury Road, one at the entrance of the Tabacco Factory and three in Millbrook Road. There were six casualties, two serious.

The Supermarine Spitfire

DesignerR. J. Mitchell
First flight5 March 1936
Introduction4 August 1938
Retired1961 Irish Air Corps
Primary userRoyal Air Force
Number built20,351
Unit cost
£12,604 (Estonian order for 12 Spitfires in 1939)

Supermarine Seafire
Supermarine Spiteful



  The Spitfire was built at Supermarines which today stands the FORD MOTOR COMPANY Transit Plant. Which from July 2013 ceased building Transits. During the WW2 Southampton was bombed and so was the airport including Supermarines. In "A" Building where the Transit under bodies were spot welded one of the pillars that support the roof has a chunk taken out from bomb shell shrapnel hitting it. The roof in "A" Building is the largest curved roof made so is an enlisted building.

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