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.