A Grade 2* Listed Building.
Circa 1600. 3 storeys and cellar. 2 gables on east and north fronts. Timber-framed.
Top floor projects on both north and east fronts on posts and brackets against
the storey below. On 1st floor are remains of an oriel window. On the north front
this floor overhangs the pavement and is supported on 5 wooden posts, tapering
downwards, on stone bases and having bracketed heads and moulded bases. They support
a moulded bressummer. East front 2 windows, 1st floor 2 3-light oriels slightly
canted on carved brackets, 2nd floor 2 small casements, ground floor Victorian
projecting shop front with narrow fascia and cornice with curved ends. North front
windows blocked but for casement in gable. Tiled roof.
Popularly known as the House on Stilts, the stilts are actually in New Street.
A shoe shop from about 1860 to 1959 under the Hamptons name until 1920 and the Watkins name until 1959.
Later becoming a Ladies hair stylist under various names, Lesley's, Butterfly and Angela's
and associated with the Four Seasons Fashion House. It is now the Just Rachel ice cream parlour.
1839 Tithe Map Owner John Ford. Occupier Edwin Allgood.
1841 Census    ?
1851     Ann Badcock 49, Milliner.
1861     William Hampton 42, Shoe Dealer.
1871     William Hampton 53, Shoe Maker.
1881     William Hampton 63, Shoe Maker.
1891     William Hampton 49, Shoe Maker.
1901     William Hampton 59, Shoe Maker.
From 1910 Survey   Occupier Hampton Wm. Owner Mrs Clarke Toronto Canada. H Garrood Agent.
1911     William Hampton 69, Boot Maker. Property Description: 7 Rooms.
1903     Hamptons W Bootmaker
1910     Hamptons W bootmaker
1920     H Bridgwater & Son. Mrs Cossey Manageress.
1921     Watkins W. T. bootmakers.
1959     Watkins and Son, bootmakers.
1963    House-on-Props, ladies' fashions and restaurant.
1964     Clearwell House, ladies hair fashions teas and coffee lounge.
1968     Lesley's Hair Stylist. Four Seasons Fashions.
1984     Butterfly Hair Stylist. Four Seasons Fashion
1981     Angela's Hair Stylist. Four Seasons Fashion.
1991     Butterfly Hair Stylist. Age Concern
2002     China Set
Ex Tilley's Almanack 1968
Ann Badcock (1851).Born in 1802 in Devon, Ann Davey married James Badcock, also from Devon,
in Tiverton on April 4th 1828. By 1834 they had moved to Ledbury where Mary Theresa was born,
(they had two earlier children, James b 1829 in Padstow and Peternella, b 1831 in Bristol).
More children born in Ledbury are Matilda 1838, Daniel, 1840 and Benjamin in 1843. In New Street in 1841
with husband James a haberdasher, he died in 1842 when he was just 41.
in 1861 she is in the High Street in what is now Hay Wines, still a Draper and Milliner.
Still in business in 1871 in the High Street as head of household at the age of 69, she is now
joined by her son Daniel, his wife Elizabeth and three grandchildren, Stanley b 1866, Ethel b
1868 and Ida Mary b 1870 all born in Ledbury . Another grandson Howard G Bacon, (mother
Peternella Badcock) b 1862 in Camberwell Surrey, 2 apprentices and a servant complete the
household. By 1881 Daniel is head of household, Ann died in 1887 and is buried in the cemetery. The epitaph reads:
In loving memory of Ann widow of the late James Badcock who sweetly fell asleep
March 28 1887 in the 84th year of her age.
William Hampton (1861) Born in 1817 in Gloucester he married Esther Hinton, born 1818, in Tewkesbury in 1840.
Their first son, William, also described as a shoemaker in 1861, was born there in 1842, as were John Henry
in 1844 and Sarah Ann in 1849. His last child Elizabeth Anne was born in Ledbury in 1860. He retired
before 1891 and moved further down the Southend leaving his son, William, in the shop.
William, senior, and Esther are buried in the Cemetery:
In memory of William Hampton died Oct 21 1894 aged 77. Also Esther Hampton died Feb 3
1907 aged 89 and John Hampton died March 9 1874 age 21.
William Hampton Junior married Eliza England in Coventry in 1873. Sometime before 1881
he set up as a bootmaker on his own account in the premises next door in New Street. They went on to have 13 children: William H. 1874, Alfred J. 1876, Ernest, 1879,
1861, Mabel, 1882, Frank 1884, Florence, 1885, Alice, 1887, Ethel, 1889, Sidney 1891, Nellie 1892,
John R 1894 and Ida M in 1896.
The Hampton establishment occupied the whole of the corner property as in 1901
he is listed in New Street but as can be seen from the picture he was in the corner property. In 1911 the business location
is just Upper Cross only Alice and Ida Mary are still with William and Eliza.
William and Eliza are buried in the Cemetery:
In loving memory of our parents William Hampton died 21st April 1918 age 76. Also of
Eliza Hampton died 27 March 1937 age 86.
In loving memory of their son Sidney Arthur died July 15th 1978 aged 87. And of his wife Dorothy
Clara died June 29th 1977 aged 82.
A separate stone records two other children:
In memory of Florence Hampton died Oct 27 1892 age 8. Also of her sister Nellie Dorothy
Hampton 1892 -1971. [Died in Bournemouth]
Watkins W. T. was manager of a boot shop in the High St in 1901, his son
Reginald had just been born. In 1939 the family are in Clifton House, Bank Crescent.
William is described as Boot and Shoe Retailer.
1926 Electoral Register    Lewington Ethel and Lewington Maud. Shop; No 1 Southend Street. Abode; Chestnut Villas Ledbury.