Springstone House - Mr. Hughes' Paper

Springstone House

This sketch entitled "Springstone House -Mr Hughes’ paper” shows the grand house at the junction of the Dewsbury to Wakefield Road and Springstone Avenue. Flushdyke.  The sketch records a young Douglas Brammer on his early morning paper round. He is about to deliver a newspaper to a resident of Springstone House, Mr Hughes, who was also a teacher of history at Ossett Grammar School. He taught Douglas and they knew each other rather well.

Douglas is looking warily at the terrier dog that regularly followed him on his rounds. His name was Chippy and he accompanied Douglas almost every day and to almost every address.  Mr Hughes became convinced that Douglas was Chippy’s owner but in reality they were just good friends. On occasion not even that.

 Chippy would follow Douglas on his paper round and even to Ossett Grammar School once Douglas had rushed home, changed and found his way there following his morning paper round. One day, Douglas was in class, when there was huge commotion outside.  Mr Axford, who was the headmaster, and his wife, had two hounds which they kept at the School. For some reason Chippy took exception to the Axford's dogs.

As terriers do, Chippy made his presence felt. Crisis ensued and with the three dogs being beyond control the only call to be made was to Douglas to take control of 'his' dog Chippy. Mr Hughes rose to the challenge and called Douglas from class. True to form, Douglas, came to the rescue, ensuring of course that everyone knew that Chippy wasn’t his dog. Few believed him but nonetheless the Axfords became fans of Douglas Brammer much to the delight of Douglas’ fellow pupils!

Springstone House still exists in 2017 and was once home to one of Ossett’s most well known G.P.’s. Dr. William Wood Wiseman (1810-1885).