It was a shame when Steadman's closed after its long service to Hampton and it was certainly a bit sad over the last couple of months to walk past its half-cleared shelves. Now of course the store is even emptier, but that does raise the positive prospect of something new opening. Does any know what it is likely to be? Or have any views on what it should be? Maybe something a bit different that can tempt the fairly large number of people that pass the shop ever day?

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So long as it's not a Hairdressers, Bistro or cafe, I don't mind. I think there are enough of them now in the village?

I would like to see a good old traditional Hardware shop, but I know it's not going to happen :(

It is probably too small for a decent shoe shop which is lacking here. I wouldn't mind to see a local mini art gallery. So many artists and craftsmen here in Hampton, surely they would like to display/sell their art at some privileged spot. What could be better than shopping local from locals. Mini Art gallery could add some nostalgia to the Hampton village as a contrary to the new developments.

We used to have a hardware shop - it's the Rainbow Rooms beauty salon now. I'd like to see one here again too.. Or maybe a good old fashioned tea room!

There was also a hardware shop by the train station, if I remember rightly?

Amanda, do you mean the Tea room where they actually serve and sell real tea? I would love to shop in place, where I could get my favorite Genmaicha - green tea with roasted rice, or selection of white teas, perhaps some Panama Boquete Geisha coffee as Mocha. The tea room could be possibly combined with Art space too... :)

Harold Newton Hardware was by the station, Tom Ware hardware was where Plentys restaurant is now, he also had a shop opposite the Police station ( now a hairdressers ) Bonfields was around by what is now the Cheese shop, Boyalls was in the High Street and there was Handymans corner at the raised mini roundabout at Tudor Road and the Priory Road junction ( now a Dentist ) and as previously mentioned the shop at the Dhillons junction.
Ps there was also a Hardware/Paraffin shop in the row of ( now ) houses on the Hollybush/Hatherop junction directly behind your workshop Jason
That Waitrose has a lot to answer for!

Jason Dorner - Island Locks said:

There was also a hardware shop by the train station, if I remember rightly?

We still have the doors at the side of the workshops that go out to the gardens of the now houses Bill. I think one of the two houses on the corner was a wool shop at one time?

From left to right I remember the paraffin shop, a grocers, wool shop and then a Fullers, Smith & Turner off licence, funny that I can only remember the name of the Offie!

How about an Indian restaurant? ;]

Or a hairdressers ;-)


Tim Rosser said:

How about an Indian restaurant? ;]

Very true! Sounds like a plan :)



Lucia said:

Amanda, do you mean the Tea room where they actually serve and sell real tea? I would love to shop in place, where I could get my favorite Genmaicha - green tea with roasted rice, or selection of white teas, perhaps some Panama Boquete Geisha coffee as Mocha. The tea room could be possibly combined with Art space too... :)

I think there are enough places to eat, drink, relax etc in the Village?

What about a Locksmith/hardware shop? ;)

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