Alexander Engineering in Haddenham

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Alexander Engineering in Haddenham

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Been doing a little research into Alexander Engineering as my car was rebuilt there in early 1965 and wondered if the original garage had survived. Very unlikely I know but then got a lead to a possible location. I found out from a local that the original premises, which was owned and run by WW2 Wellington bomber pilot Fred Hillyer changed its name to Townsend Garage in the 70s and low and behold I found a recent estate agent advert for it. It seems to be located on the Thame Road industrial estate .The photos are recent, the description says it’s been long established and it certainly looks old enough and seemingly little developed!
Can anyone confirm this is the original Alexander Engineering garage? Apparently Fred used to test the cars on the nearby airfield which all makes sense!
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Looking in google earth there’s a building near to it called Alexander House
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And this from Andy B
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The old airfield
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Lots of Alexander info here, including a pic of the original works in the "demise" article.

https://mk1-performance-conversions.co. ... er_eng.htm
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Thanks Mark, this one, which does look very similar albeit a little bigger. This would have been the original workshop and a new much larger one was built next to it in the mid 60s is my understanding so far.
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What sort of aeroplanes are they sat on the tarmac?
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Looks like twin stabilisers and rounded wing tips so I’m leaning towards Lancaster.
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It was the (what looks like...) the lack of rear wing thinggies that made me think that they weren't Lancasters. Although to be honest, apart from my airfix Spitfire and Lancaster I had as a by, all aeroplanes look the same to me
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Halifaxes? Later mark with the larger tail fins and Hercules engines? Glider tugs?
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