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Ferguson's Gang - The Maidens behind the Masks [Kindle Edition]

Anna Hutton-North
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a group of friends formed ‘Ferguson’s Gang’ they had no idea of the notoriety their antics would produce. Society was astounded by the daring tricks the Gang used to raise money; but these were no common robbers, they presented the booty in the carcass of a goose or wrapped round a cigar. Pledging undying support to the National Trust, the Gang passionately fought against the spread of urbanisation and destruction of our English heritage.

Their greatest feat though was preserving their anonymity. Almost a century later the fascinating story of Ferguson’s Gang is finally told.

It is a world now forgotten; of genteel tea parties, debutantes’ balls and stately homes with armies of servants. However the personal stories behind the masked maidens are startling; mixing with Royalty, they belonged to the leading political dynasties and rubbed shoulders with the literary elite. It is no wonder these women kept their identities so heavily concealed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1291484531
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lulu Inc; First Edition edition (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

As a marketing and communication specialist, Anna Hutton-North has been writing all of her life.

As the winner of the Bauer Media short story at the age of 14, she has since regularly contributed articles to newspapers and trade press journals. She has also recently won The Stirling Cup awarded by HFWI. Her debut novel was "Shop Talk" and was the first in the Drayton Beauchamp series. There are three other novels set within the village, "Rural Affairs", "Puppy Love Tales" and "Finding Mr Write".

Her first children's story "Tallulah the Terrible" is aimed at 2-5 year olds and has illustrations by Alan Payne.

Her most recent book is "Ferguson's Gang - The Maidens behind the Masks" which is the first book to give the history of this notorious gang of society women who dedicated their lives to helping the National Trust save our glorious heritage.

Anna lives in an idyllic Hertfordshire village with her family and an array of constantly visiting pets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars These Are No Ice Maidens! 12 Oct. 2013
What do the following have in common?

- A masked maiden performing a raid on National Trust offices (not to remove or steal artifacts, but to anonymously deposit a bag of silver)

- A mysterious Boo abandoned and later discovered in a street market (apparently, there was no room for the final 'k' on the front cover)

- An influential book entitled 'England And The Octopus'

- Public outings to watch the demolition of historic properties (that would now merit public outcry)

They are all facts linked together in this fascinating insight into a world long since departed, whose ancestry and the antics of a few wildly romantic women helped preserve many of the wonderful buildings and structures of yesteryear we take for granted today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 12 Nov. 2013
I don't read many non-fiction books but this one really gripped me - it's funny how these little known stories and bits of history can turn out to be the most involving... Thanks to the author for all her research and bringing to life an intriguing bit of women's history.
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This has been written as though it were fact but the majority is pure supposition. As an example of how I know that the identities of the Ferguson Gang are still a mystery, the identity of Pegasus the most recently recruited member ( only 1994) is completely erroneously quoted. I know because I was present when Pegasus was invited to join the gang and given the name by Bill Stickers himself.
Also I personally am quoted in the book as having only got to know Bil Stickers in his late years when researching a book. I in fact knew Bill from 1950- 1996 and did not write the book until 2001 after Bill had died.
If I definitely know about these blatantly wrong suppositions I wonder what else in the book is pure imagination? An interesting book for someone who likes to surmise but I hope it won't be used in the future as historical fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story with pace and interest 27 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The book starts with great pace which draws you in and this continues to the end making it a very digestible read. The references to the Chilterns and Oxfordshire, local to myself, make it interesting on a personal level. At the start it seemed to lack the personal detail I wanted on the key members of the gang however this was quickly fleshed out and the final chapters go into great detail about the marriages, children and ups and downs of their lives. There are peaks of excitement when the 'drops' are described and the the members behind the Harrods masks revealed. Some interesting insights into the history of the time and the women's battle of academic achievement versus suitable marriage! A thoughtful take on friendship and the need to 'pool our wits in battle'. A good read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fergusons Gang- The Maidens behind the Mask 12 Nov. 2013
It's always fascinating reading about our heritage and discovering something I knew absolutely nothing about.It is amazing it has not been written before.A really good,informative and amusing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for National Trust members! 12 Nov. 2013
A fascinating read and a hidden gem - a piece of history that will have escaped most of us brought to life in this page turner of a novel - a must read for NT members today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for national trust devotees 12 Nov. 2013
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I love this historical story telling, bringing to life some of the secrets of the dusty old buildings we all love to have tea and scones in!
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