Tommy Brook's Farm, Flushdyke

Tommy Brook's Farm and ARP Shelter, Flushdyke

Tommy Brook's farm was located opposite the current trading estate entrance and at the beginning of the site that software company, Team 17 now occupy. Tommy Brook rented the farm from a man called Crook, who lived next door at Longlands House and owned the brickworks at Flanshaw. Tommy's sister Gladys Brook was married to Frank North, who had the rag warehouse in Flushdyke next to the Co-operative store.

In a field adjoining the farm was the local air-raid shelter and during WW2, if an air raid warning was sounded, and you didn't have a cellar, then this was the place to go. In fact, Ossett's only air raid occurred on the evening of September 16th 1940, when ten high explosive bombs landed in the south of the town and approximately another twenty incendiary bombs landed in Gawthorpe and Flushdyke. Luckily, no-one was killed and only a few people were injured. It was thought that Ossett wasn't being specifically targeted by the German Luftwafffe and the bombs were jettisoned by German bomber returning from a raid.

The air raid shelter was eventually dismantled by local joiner George Hemingway, who had bought the land and he then built a detached house on the site.