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Wednesday 04 July, 2001

Vosper Thornycroft

Holding in Company

Vosper Thornycroft Holdings PLC
4 July 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

430,819


8)   (1.30%) of issued Class

9)   Class of security

ORDINARY SHARES OF 25P EACH


10)  Date of transaction

NOT ADVISED


11)  Date company informed

3 JULY 2001


12)  Total holding following this notification

4,339,625

               
              
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

13.102%


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

     Date of Notification ...4 JULY 2001


Letter to Vosper Thorncroft Holdings Plc
3 July 2001

25P ORDINARY SHARES ('SHARES')


We write to advise you that we, Schroder Investment Management Limited, have an
Interest in 4,339,625 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)    1,528,482 shares registered or to be registered in the name of our       
       wholly-owned subsidiary nominee company, Schroder Nominees Limited       
       (Schroder Nominees).

(ii)    535,325 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)   2,275,818 either registered nor to be registered in the name of Schroder
        Nominees Limited. The registration details are shown on the enclosed    
        schedule.

An affiliated company, Schroder Investment Management North America Inc (SIMNA
Inc), is managing a portfolio on a similar basis holding a further 200,000
shares. This holding is registered or to be registered in the name of Chase
Nominees Limited.

Another affiliated company, Schroder Hermes, is managing 47,060 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 and our subsidiary and affiliated companies are therefore
interested in an overall aggregate of 4,586,685 shares, representing some
13.850% of the total number of shares in issue, namely 33,117,988 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.

 
                                   SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION                                                      AMOUNT

British Coal Staff Superannuation a/c: P                         242,000 
BT GLobenet Nominees Ltd. a/c: 6B                                 57,000 
Chase Manhattan Bank                                             100,000
Mineworkers' Pension Scheme a/c: R                               125,000
Morgan Nominees Limited a/c: GRL - crest ID:AGOI                  65,500
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: 809797                                      80,361 
MSS Nominees Ltd A/C: 831286                                     497,841 
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                               230,000 
Nutraco Nominees Ltd a/c : GWPPMPS                                41,000 
RBSTB Nominees Ltd a/c:AAUKPS                                     38,500
RBSTB Nominees Ltd a/c: ESPSBEB                                   59,324
                                                               ---------
                                                               2,275,818
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Letter from Schroder Investment Management Limited