Washington County Durham


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Colliery Lodge Banners

Colliery Lodge Banners

The Banners of Usworth Lodge & Washington Glebe Lodge

Les Simpson, Chairman of Usworth Miners' Banner Group,
with the Washington Glebe Lodge Banner

[ Posted by kind permission of Les Simpson. ]

Follingsby Colliery Lodge Banner

Harraton Colliery Lodge Banner

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Tony Benn MP Unfurls New 'Cotia Lodge Banner

Tony Benn MP honouring two 'Cotia Miners at Harraton Miners' Hall / Community Centre - 2004

Leaflet 2004:
[ Phone number redacted. ]

Birtley man Jack Elliott and fellow 'Cotia Miner, Scotsman, George 'Jock' Purdon,
were both known nationally as Mining Folk Singers and Songwriters.

[ Apologies for not passing on the source of the Tony Benn image.  The website didn't have a McAfee security rating. ]

Springwell Colliery Lodge Banner

North Biddick Colliery Lodge Banner

Usworth Colliery Lodge Banner

Washington 'F' Colliery Lodge Banner

Washington Glebe Colliery Lodge Banner

Extract from Michael Richardson's book - The Durham Miners' Gala

The single page extract below is from



The Durham Miners' Gala

1935 - 1960

(Hardcover - 30th June 2001)

Check it out; copies may still be available.

The Banner of the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers

NACODS Banners

"The Sam Watson Rest Home, Richmond"
[ This banner, displayed at Murton, replaced the banner on the right in 1963. ]

"Safety Is Our Concern"
[ Thanks to Dave Jones for supplying banner information and pictures. ]

Sam Watson's Rest Home

The Sam Watson Rest Home in Richmond, North Yorkshire, opened in May 1961. It provided short breaks for miners' wives and widows, as well as female workers in the coal industry. The Rest Home took its name from the then-General Secretary of the Durham Miners' Association who played a big part in the creation of this excellent recuperation centre.

Over the decades, thousands of women stayed at the Rest Home, including many from Washington mining families.
It could accommodate 29 all-lady guests for an enjoyable, 11-day break, before returning them home, fully refreshed.


[Information from The Northern Echo]

Women's Labour Section Banners

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