Washington County Durham


Memories of  Mining

Vesting Day

Vesting Day / Nationally Agreed Wages

( 1947 )

On the 1st January 1947, the British Coal Industry was nationalised - collieries were no longer owned by private individuals.
National Coal Board flags were flown at coal mines to mark this historic occasion - known simply as, Vesting Day.

These notices were on display at all newly nationalised collieries.
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Signed by: Clement Richard Attlee
Prime Minister (1945-51)

North Durham Area Collieries on Vesting Day
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Nationally Agreed Wages for Day Wage Men i.e. Not Pieceworkers
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