Flushdyke Almshouses and the Flyer

Flushdyke Almshouses and the Flushdyke Flyer

Almshouses are charitable houses provided to enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent to live in a particular community. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest. The Flushdyke almshouses were a row of terraced houses designated principally for elderly ladies and were comfortable and self contained.

The bus is the notorious Ossett/Flushdyke flyer that travelled down from Ossett town centre at twenty minutes past the each hour. It turned round at Roundwood and returned at thirty minutes past the hour, going into Ossett and then on to Wakefield. People would shout around the village "Flyer's gone down", a signal to get out if you wanted a lift.

Douglas Brammer notes that he was born in the house, shown on the right, behind the tree in 1937. This is the top of Eldon Terrace. Ward's house is on the far left, up Wakefield Road and below there was Tomlinson and Mackie's.

What was the relevance of Wards and Tomlinson & Mackie's?