Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Vauxhall Girls Silvering Coins

Vauxhall Works c.1920 [Z1306/75/17/34]

Thursday 23rd November 1916: A young man has been sentenced at the Luton Borough Sessions to one month’s imprisonment for giving a silvered farthing to a newsboy in exchange for a newspaper and five pence change. A girl employed at the Vauxhall works gave evidence that she and other girls there had silvered coins at the works for people to wear on their watch chains. She had not known that it was wrong to do so. The Magistrates’ Clerk told the court that to silver coins was a criminal offence, and anyone using one was liable to twelve months imprisonment. The foreman of the department concerned has now left the works.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 28th November 1916

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