James Goodman was a former resident of Cranfield who left the village at an early age. He became a successful builder, who, at the time the first houses were built, was living at Alver Bank, Clapham Park, London.
The first three almshouses were built in 1887/8 for aged and infirm widows of the village. He had five more almshouses built in 1892, this time for aged and infirm married couples or widowers. The incomes for the houses were secured on house property in London at Tooting, Herne Hill, Brixton and Clapham.
James Goodman died in 1892.
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Goodman Almshouses, by Bedfordshire Libraries, 2009
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