Small Gang, Sheepridge

The Small Gang were a group of ruffians active in the Sheepridge area in the early 1850s:

For some time past a number of young men in this neighbourhood have associated themselves under the cognomen of "the small gang," whose special object is to become the lords of their locality by "small ganging" (literally, inflicting corporeal punishment on all who may in any way obstruct their unruly doings. Actuated by idle motives of notoriety they have obstructed themselves upon private and public life with perfect impunity.

In January 1851, gang members Frederick Armitage, John France and James Hirst were summoned for assaulting innkeeper Daniel Walker of Deighton on the evening of 28 December 1850. All three were bound over to keep the peace.[1]

A gang of the same name, sometimes referred to as the "Irish Small Gang", were active in Huddersfield in the late 1860s and early 1870s.[2]

Notes and References

  1. "Sheepridge: The Small Gang" in Huddersfield Chronicle (11/Jan/1851).
  2. Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies: Policing by Consent in Victorian Huddersfield (2016) by David Taylor.

Small Gang, Sheepridge


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