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Ferguson's Gang

Ferguson's Gang


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1927. Britain’s heritage is vanishing. Beautiful landscapes are being bulldozed. Historic buildings are being blown up. Stonehenge is collapsing.

 Enter Ferguson’s Gang, a mysterious and eccentric group of women who help the National Trust to fight back. The Gang raise huge sums, which they deliver in delightfully strange ways:  Victorian coins inside a fake pineapple, a one hundred pound note stuffed inside a cigar, five hundred pounds with a bottle of homemade sloe gin.  

Their stunts are avidly reported in the press, and when they make a national appeal for the Trust, the response is overwhelming. Ferguson’s Gang is instrumental in saving places from Cornwall to the Lake District, a legacy of incalculable value. 

Yet somehow these women stay anonymous, hiding behind masks and bizarre pseudonyms such as Bill Stickers, Red Biddy, the Bludy Beershop and Sister Agatha. They carefully record their exploits, their rituals, even their elaborate picnics, but they take their real names to the grave. 

Now Polly Bagnall and Sally Beck can reveal the identities of these unlikely national heroes and tell the stories of their fascinating and often unconventional lives. With the help of relatives, colleagues and friends, we can finally get to know the women who combined a serious mission with such a sense of mischief.  

Format: Hardback

Extent: 224 pages

Book dimensions approx: 21cm H x 15cm W x 2.2cm D.

ISBN: 9781909881716


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5 Average Rating 5/5 (4 reviews)
5 stars Great Story Written by

Fascinating story about these wonderful, generous and secretive gang. High spirits, having fun with their generous antics and support for the National Trust has been carefully traced by co-authors. Eccentric characters from a bygone age - love it!

5 stars Fascinating book Written by

I bought this book as it sounded very intriguing. Although I haven't finished reading it yet I am really enjoying it. I had no idea about the "gang", so it was a fascinating insight into their world and how they helped the National Trust. A good read.

5 stars This book is a must read! Written by

This is an excellent book about an incredible group of women. Everyone should read it! It's everything I love - period Drama, eccentric characters and the National Trust. It really should be a film!


A wonderful, insightful and factual book that has been well researched by the co authors to provide the reader with an account of some amazing people who really made a difference to society. If you really want to understand how the Ferguson's Gang operated then buy THIS book!

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