Notes and queries: Spitfire House
Can anyone help with the history of the office block, Spitfire House, in Davigdor Road? In particular why the building is called Spitfire? Now occupied by Syntegra, it has a plaque outside that says it was opened by Nurdin and Peacock with a picture of a Spitfire plane on it.
Response 1:Posted by Jasper Stevens on 17/08/2001:
“During the war a Spitfire crashlanded on a wall at the junction of Holland Road (west side) and Lyndhurst Road, just round the corner from the present Spitfire House. If you look really carefully at the wall round the front garden of the house where it crashed you can just about trace where the newer brickwork was built to repair the crash damage.”
Response 2:Posted by Martin Hassett on 20/08/2001:
“The story I heard was that the MD of Newey & Eyre (or whatever the name of the first occupants was!) actually flew Spitfires during the war and, being so enamoured with Supermarine’s flying icon, decided that Spitfire House would be just the name for his flashy, new company HQ (well, it was then!). Of course, this story does not necessarily preclude the other!”