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Thursday 19 October, 2000

Vosper Thornycroft

Holding in Company

Vosper Thornycroft Holdings PLC
19 October 2000

                  DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS


1)   NAME OF COMPANY

     VOSPER THORNYCROFT HOLDINGS PLC

2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

     ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED

3)   Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of 
     holding of the Shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a 
     non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder if it is a
     holding of that person's spouse or children under the age of 18

     SEE SCHEDULE BELOW

4)   Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the 
     number of shares held by each of them.

     NON BENEFICIAL

5)   Number of shares/amount of stock acquired.

     1,017,600

6)   ( 3.06%) of issued Class

7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

     NIL

8)   ( NIL) of issued Class

9)   Class of security

     ORDINARY SHARES OF 25P EACH

10)  Date of transaction

     NOT ADVISED

11)  Date company informed

     21 AUGUST 2000

12)  Total holding following this notification

     1,017,600
               
              
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

      3.06%

14)  Any additional information

     INITIAL NOTIFICATION

15)  Name of contact and telephone number for queries

     P G DAWES
     023 8042 6103

16)  Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for 
     making this notification

     Date of Notification ..19 OCTOBER 2000..


Letter to Vosper Thornycroft Holdings plc

DISCLOSURE OF SHARE INTEREST - COMPANIES ACT 1989

Following recent transactions, we are writing to inform you of our notifiable
interest in the shares of your company.  The details are set out below.

Registered Name                                              Holding

Littledown Nominees Limited 'R' A/c for                       41,968
Phoenix Assurance Public Limited Company

Littledown Nominees Ltd 'R' A/c for                          142,715
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc No 1 A/c

Littledown Nominees Ltd 'R' A/c for                           86,779
Royal Insurance Group Pension Scheme (UK Equities)

Littledown Nominees Ltd 'R' A/c for                          210,001
Royal & Sun Alliance Life & Pensions Limited

Littledown Nominees Limited 'R' A/c for                      167,086
Sun Alliance & London Assurance Company Limited

Littledown Nominees Ltd 'R' A/c for                          141,451
SAL Pension Fund Limited

Littledown Nominees Ltd 'R' A/c for                            5,600
RSALI Life Emerging Companies Fund

Littledown Nominees Ltd 'R' A/c for                          222,000
RSALI Pensions Equity Fund

TOTAL                                                      1,017,600

Number of shares in issue                                 33,225,948

Percentage of issued share capital                              3.06

The appendix gives details of the beneficial interest of the holding shown
above. 

Letter from Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc