Commercial Hotel, Ossett

Commercial Hotel

This picture shows the Commercial Hotel, or the "Comic" as it is known locally. In the 1830s, the Commercial was known as the "Traveller's Rest" or just the "Traveller's" because of its position on the Wakefield - Halifax turnpike road.

Although the public house isn't technically in Flushdyke, and is located at the bottom of Dale Street, it was very well patronised by Flushdyke folk. In the 1950s, a coach house was standing to the left of the Commercial and was used by all to stand inside when waiting for a bus - a superior bus shelter! On the right-hand side of the pub was part of a stabling block for harnesses and saddles. The actual stables were across the yard.

The Commercial Hotel served Hammond's Ales and the cellar was classed as the best beer cellar in Ossett, even though it flooded regularly. Albert Vause and Wilf Grogan were the landlords in the 1950s.