I wonder if I could throw this topic out there in the hope that those people who have lived (or whose families have lived) in the Chandler’s Ford area for more than half a century may be able to contribute.
I was born in the 1950’s and my parents were at the time living in a development called The Hutments.
This was a collection of pre-fabricated, single storey temporary dwellings on land at the corner of Hook Road and Hursley Road, which I believe was constructed specifically to house workers at the Vickers Supermarine Works based at Hursley Park (now IBM).
Vickers relocated to Hursley Park in the 1940’s when their Woolston works suffered bomb damage. I think that there were around 60 pre-fabs on the site but this is where my knowledge gets hazy!
I have tried from time to time to find out more details about The Hutments but have not been very successful. Sadly my own parents and any of their friends who also lived there are no longer with us and my searches of documents at local libraries etc have yielded very little.
I am particularly interested to get hold of photographs, first hand (maybe second hand now) accounts of life there and any other information that might help to build a more complete picture of this small part in Chandler’s Ford’s history.