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Wednesday 14 March, 2001

Vosper Thornycroft

Holding in Company

Vosper Thornycroft Holdings PLC
14 March 2001


                  DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS


1)   NAME OF COMPANY

VOSPER THORNYCROFT HOLDINGS PLC


2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

SCHRODER 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

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.

NIL


6)   ( NIL %) of issued Class


7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

267,211


8)   ( 0.806% ) of issued Class


9)   Class of security

ORDINARY SHARES OF 25P EACH


10)  Date of transaction

NOT ADVISED

11)  Date company informed

14 MARCH 2001


12)  Total holding following this notification

4,553,393
               
              
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

13.88%


14)  Any additional information


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

P G DAWES

     Date of Notification         14 MARCH, 2001





LETTER TO: VOSPER THORNCROFT HOLDINGS PLC


25p ORDINARY SHARES ('SHARES')

We write to advise you that we, Schroder Investment Management Limited, have an
interest in 4,553,393 shares which are held in portfolios managed by us on a
discretionary basis for clients under investment management agreements.

Included in this figure are:-

(i)  1,430,009 shares registered or to be registered in the name of our
wholly-owned subsidiary nominee company, Schroder Nominees Limited (Schroder
Nominees),

(ii)  893,739 held in (a) unit trust(s) operated and managed by another
wholly-owned subsidiary, Schroder Unit Trusts Limited (SUTL), and registered or
to be registered in the name of Chase Nominees Limited,

(iii) 2,229,645 either registered nor to be registered in the name of Schroder
Nominees Limited.  The registration details are shown on the enclosed schedule
(below).

Another affiliated company, Schroder Hermes, is managing 43,060 shares in (a)
portfolio(s) on a passive (index tracker) basis for clients under investment
management agreements.  These shares are registered or to be registered in the
name of Chase Nominees Limited.

We believe that we are our subsidiary and affiliated companies are therefore
interested in an overall aggregate of 4,596,453 shares, representing some
13.880% of the total number of shares in issue, namely 33,116,322 shares.

This notification is made to you:-

(a) in respect of our interest as investment managers and also by virtue of the
fact that we are the parent company of SUTL,

(b) on behalf of SUTL and Schroder Hermes in relation to the interests they are
treated as having respectively under the Companies Act 1985 (the Act), and

(c) on behalf of Schroders plc., our holding company, which is treated as having
an interest in all of the above shares under the Act by virtue of its ownership
of ourselves.

We shall be grateful if you will kindly let us have a copy of your notification
to the Stock Exchange and if you will also confirm the total number of shares
currently in issue.

In addition please let me know whether your company or any of its subsidiaries
is either:-

(i) authorised by any of the Financial Services Act 1986 (FSA) regulators,
namely IMRO, PIA or SFA, or by any regulator in the European Union outside the
United Kingdom, or

(ii) a listed money market institution under Section 43 FSA, or

(iii) an authorised insurance company.


LETTER FROM SCHRODER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED




                                SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION                                                         AMOUNT
                  
British Coal Staff Superannuation a/c: P                             235,000
Chase Manhattan Bank                                                  75,000
Mineworkers' Pension Scheme a/c: R                                   122,000
Morgan Nominees Limited a/c: GRL - crest ID:AG01                      58,500
Morgan Nominees Ltd a/c: A                                             5,000
Morgan Nominees Ltd: a/c B                                           140,500
MSS Nominees Ltd A/C: 756593                                          37,000
MSS Nominees LTD A/C: 759371                                          10,500
MSS Nominees Ltd A/C: 809797                                          50,361
MSS Nominees Ltd A/C: 831286                                         335,068
Network Nominees (Six) Ltd                                           293,700
Nortrust Nominees Ltd                                                242,592
Nortrust Nominees Ltd a/c SRC13                                       20,500
Nutraco Nominees Ltd a/c: GWPPCIF                                    250,000
Nutraco Nominees Ltd a/c: GWPPMPS                                     34,000
RBSTB Nominees Ltd a/c: ECC                                          103,000
RBSTB Nominees Ltd a/c: AAUKPS                                        30,000
RBSTB Nominees Ltd a/c: ESPSBEB                                       77,324
Schroder Executor & Trustee Co. Ltd                                  109,600

                                                                   2,229,645