In 1907, for a deposit of just thirty-five pounds, John James Hayman (great grandfather of Stewart) acquired a butcher's shop in Church Street, Sidmouth. Everyday butchery took place at these premises until the 1940's when the practice of slaughtering at the rear of the shop ceased.
Stanley John Hayman (grandfather of Stewart) took over the business in the late 1930s followed by Clive Lewis John Hayman in the 1970s (father of Stewart) and Stewart joined the business on leaving school and eventually joined his father in partnership until Clive’s retirement in 1998 after which Stewart and Shirley Hayman have been at the helm. Although the town of Sidmouth itself may be steeped in history Stewart and Shirley run a very modern and progressive butchery business but still maintain traditional values.
Lilian Irene, Stewart’s grandmother, was the driving force behind much of the business in its earlier days. Her recipe for pork brawn is still in use, unchanged, today. In 2003 it won the Q Guild's Supreme Award - the ultimate accolade and later, as a result, the shop featured on BBC "Rick Stein's Food Heroes".
In 2000 Stewart and Shirley opened another shop in Woolbrook, on the outskirts of Sidmouth, offering another outlet for their customer’s convenience.
In 1996 a bakery section was opened and now Hayman's has become as well known for its pies and pasties as it is for its sausages and brawn!
Following the success of the bakery the business started a Ready Meal department which continues to develop its range of meals today.