Sutton Coldfield Library holds key to unmasking Gang
The archives at Sutton Coldfield Library have helped to identify a number of previously anonymous members of Ferguson’s Gang.
Ferguson’s Gang hit the headlines in the 1930s when their anonymous masked representatives secretly delivered large bags of money to the National Trust. They wore elaborate masks and disguises, delivered money wrapped around cigars or in the carcase of a goose and swore undying allegiance against house builders and developers
However until now the women behind the pseudonyms of Joshua Bottle-Washer, Jerry Boham and Lord Beershop have never been clarified. The archives revealed the truth; that all three women came from wealthy Sutton Coldfield families.
“For anyone interested in Ferguson’s Gang, the question of who the girls behind the masks were has never been answered before.” Anna Hutton-North, the renowned expert on Ferguson’s Gang said. “The archives helped reveal who these three girls were and how they became conscripted by the inspirational gang leader ‘Bill Stickers’ – the great niece of Prime Minister Gladstone.”
“They were an unusual group of women,” Anna Hutton-North said. “As debutantes mixing in the highest circles, they defied society in order to make a difference to the world. Women had only just won the vote and were still curtailed by social expectations. These girls became radically active in order take on the builders in order to save England’s countryside.”
The fascinating story of how Ferguson’s Gang defied society and helped to preserve England’s historical heritage has now been written up in the book ‘Ferguson’s Gang – The Maidens behind the Masks’. Finally the five famous society girls and their Sutton Coldfield supporters are revealed once and for all.