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Name: James Hampson

Burial Number: 0439

Gender: Male

Occupation: Saddler, ironmonger and stirrup manufacturer

Distinction: Stirrup Manufacturer

Born: 27/04/1827

Died: 10/05/1904

Buried: 13/05/1904


James Travis Hampson 1827 to 1904

Stirrup Manufacturer

James Travis Hampson was born on 27th April 1827 in Manchester to John Hampson, a grocer and his wife Ann Williams. He was baptised in Manchester Cathedral on 24th July 1827. His parents both died when he was very young and he was looked after by a relative. By the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Samuel Cox,  a saddlers’ ironmonger and manufacturer. Before his apprenticeship finished he was promoted to manager and traveller.

In 1851 he married Sarah Abbis in Walsall. They had four children, Agnis, William, Sarah and Elizabeth.

When James was thirty he started his own business from a warehouse in his back yard.  The firm became the internationally trading saddlers and ironmongers, Hampson and Scott. based in Walsall.

Sarah died and James married Julia Hayward Dyason from Kent who was working in Walsall as a governess.

In 1880’s they won a medal for the design of a side saddle stirrup. William, James’ son took over the business with his business partner Scott. James retired to Worthing with Julia.

In 1891 they lived at Bramber House, Downview Road, Worthing and Elizabeth, Julia’s mother was visiting them.

In 1904 James died at Milverton, Heene, Worthing, Sussex on 10 May 1904. Probated was granted to his son, William and his son-in-law, Frederick James Cotterell and his widow Julia. James was buried on 13th May 1904 at Heene Cemetery. Julia died in 1923 and was also buried at Heene.


Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for James Hampson

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 13

Exact Location (what3words): longer.wheels.salads

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of James Travis Hampson born April 27th 1827 died May 10th 1904 also of Julia Hayward Hampson wife of the above who died June 10th

Further Information


Name: James Travis Hampson

Gender: Male

Born: 27/04/1827

Town: Walsall

County: Worcestershire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1851

Spouse First Name: Sarah

Spouse Last Name: Abbis

Town of Marriage: Walsall

County of Marriage: Worcestershire

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 21/08/1884

Spouse First Name: Julia

Spouse Second Name: Hayward

Spouse Last Name: Dyason

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 10/05/1904

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Milverton

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Walsall Advertiser 14 May 1904


In the person of Mr John Travis Hampson, Melverton, Worthing, there passed peacefully away Tuesday evening one who nearly ago and since had had a considerable share in the commercial growth of Walsall, and its staple trades. The deceased was born at Manchester over 77 years ago, and when quite young had the misfortune to lose his parents. Under the guardianship of affectionate relative, however, he was well cared for, and he was eventually a premium apprentice under the late Mr Samuel Cox, saddlers’ ironmonger and manufacturer, Walsall. Mr Hampson showed such diligence and business aptitude that I before be had completed his apprenticeship he had risen to the position of manager and traveller. When little over thirty he commenced business on his own account, with warehouse in rear of his residence in Lichfield Street, and from this small beginning has evolved the large firm of Messrs Hampson and Scott, which has the world for its market, and customers nearly every civilised race on earth. After being in business twenty years, Hampson took his only son (Mr W. Hampson) and his manager (Mr John Scott) into partnership, and, four years later, acting under medical advice, retired from active commercial pursuits; and subsequently went live his well-earned retirement nearer the sunny south. Mr Hampson was a splendid example of what can be accomplished by perseverance and energy; when retired from business he had the satisfaction of knowing that be bad contributed not a little towards having made Walsall better commercially than he found it; and it would no doubt be a matter of justifiable pride to him that lived long enough to see his grandson. Mr Travis Hampson, member the firm of which he was the pioneer nearly half a century  ago.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £17843 12 s 3 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

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