Ferguson's Gang: The Remarkable Story Of The National Trust Gangsters by Polly BagnallFerguson's Gang: The Remarkable Story Of The National Trust Gangsters by Polly Bagnall

Ferguson's Gang: The Remarkable Story Of The National Trust Gangsters

byPolly Bagnall, Sally Beck

Hardcover | September 28, 2016

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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 raises huge sums, which they deliver in delightfully strange ways: Victorian coins inside a fake pineapple, a 100-pound note stuffed inside a cigar, 500 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 Sally Beck and Polly Bagnall 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.
Polly Bagnall is a contemporary British painter and illustrator. Sally Beck is a national newspaper and magazine journalist.
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Title:Ferguson's Gang: The Remarkable Story Of The National Trust GangstersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.92 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:National TrustLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1909881716

ISBN - 13:9781909881716

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