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Double puzzle of tokens from Shropshire village working men's clubs

By Toby Neal | Bridgnorth | Nostalgia | Published:

Two old tokens from working men's clubs in Shropshire villages are causing some headscratching for Les Hall of Highley.

Double puzzle – the working men's club coins

He's had them for years, but does not know what they are or were used for, and is hoping a reader may be able to help.

One of them is from Chelmarsh Working Men's Club, and the other is from the Highley Working Men's Club a few miles away.

And there are pointers to them perhaps being used as a form of currency, as the former has the amount 2d on the back, and the other is for one-and-a-half old pence.

"I have had them for 30 years," said Les.

"They came from the late Pat Barry from Highley, who was a local historian.

"They pre-date 1970, but I have no idea what they are and what the idea behind them is. I would guess that all working men's clubs had them.

"I have asked local people about them but have drawn a blank."

Highley still has a working men's club, but Chelmarsh no longer has a club specifically titled as a working men's club, although there was a Chelmarsh Working Men's Club until at least the mid-1990s.

Toby Neal

By Toby Neal
Feature Writer

A journalist in Shropshire for 40 years, mainly writes features and columns, especially about aspects of Shropshire history. Lives in Telford and is based at the Ketley headquarters.

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