There has been a long history of business and commerce in and around the village, dating back to the brickworks and iron foundry during Victorian times. Please refer to Businesses of the Past for more information.
Today, Rowland’s Castle is currently home to a large number of thriving businesses, in the village and on the Stansted Estate. So many in fact, that they have been divided into four categories – Services (on this page), Hospitality, Shops and Stansted Businesses.
R J Winnicott Ltd
Robert John Winnicott began his business in Portsmouth in 1904 at the age of 21, soon expanding, buying land and building houses in Portsmouth and surrounding areas. After the war the business concentrated on building contracting for Government departments, commercial, industrial and private clients. The business opened a small branch at their property in Rowlands Castle in the 1960’s, moving the complete business to Rowlands Castle in 1975. R.J. Winnicott Limited remains a family business, now run by the fourth generation.
The business offers a comprehensive service of construction works, ranging from larger domestic extensions, refurbishments, commercial, industrial, civil engineering, new buildings and repair, to restoration of Churches, Listed and Historic Buildings. The business has long standing associations with many architects, engineers, surveyors and clients, including relationships over several decades with Winchester College, refurbishing their listed boarding houses and buildings, and SSE, working on the electricity distribution network. Website: RJ Winnicott Ltd
Hall’s Garage, located on The Green has been a constant presence in Rowlands Castle for over 70 years. During that time, the business has grown and adapted but still remains a friendly, family run enterprise.
The workshop has doubled in size and has been equipped with highly technical equipment now required for modern-day cars. The skills of the engineers have also had to grow to keep up with the technological advancements in the motor industry over the last few decades, but the personal customer service has always remained. The Halls family are proud of their ongoing investment in staff training and equipment updating, which ensures that they always provide the best of facilities for your vehicle and always use quality, fully guaranteed parts.
As you will see from the photos above, the petrol pumps are no longer there but the garage has continued to offer all Motor Vehicle services its customers may need. These are servicing, MOTs, repairs, air conditioning service and repair, diagnostics and tyres. Hall’s Garage specialises in, but are not limited to, German vehicles, and they also offer motorbike MOTs, repairs and vehicle diagnostics. Website: Hall’s Garage
Blendworth Trailer Centre
Blendworth Trailer Centre has been a family business for over 50 years, having commenced trading in 1968. The family members were born and raised in Rowlands Castle, so it is a real local business. It is currently run by Stuart and Gordon Powell supported by two generations of family members.
Their extensive site next to the Shell Garage, between Whichers Gate Road and Durrants Road, is home to their trailer business and also to Blendworth Tyres and MOTs. The trailer centre stocks new and used trailers on site and they also offer trailer servicing and repairs, trailer spares, and trailer help and advice. Website: Blendworth Trailers
Shell Petrol Station
In 2017, the petrol station in Whichers Gate Road underwent a major refurbishment. It now offers not just fuel but a jet wash, Shell Select shop, Costa Express and cash machine. It is open 24 hours and is licensed to sell alcohol. Website: Shell – Whichers Gate
Harris, Parkes and Drake
Harris, Parkes and Drake are an estate agency located on The Green, specialising in properties in Rowlands Castle and surrounding towns and villages. The business is family run and has been established in the village since 2012. They currently employ 8 people (4 villagers) and offer services to sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants.
In addition, they are also able to provide Surveyor services, RICS Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys, and can assist in the disposal or acquisition of freehold and leasehold shops, offices, industrial properties and developments. Website: Harris Parkes & Drake
Rowlands Castle Veterinary Centre
This practice and its sister business Priors Leaze Veterinary Centre in Emsworth, are independently owned, so are not governed by corporate policies and procedures when it comes to the making decisions on the best course of treatment for your pet.
Roderick Kynoch BVMS MRCVS, the proprietor, qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary Faculty in June 1968. He has developed a special interest in veterinary orthopaedic surgery for small animals and ophthalmology for small animals and equines. Other practice staff are qualified in various aspects of veterinary care. Website: Priors Leaze Vets